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Lewiston police monitoring pedestrian crossings

by jmaloni
Sat, May 26th 2012 07:00 am
Lewiston Police Department Chief Chris Salada reminds drivers to yield to pedestrians at posted crosswalks such as the one in front of Apple Granny Restaurant.
Lewiston Police Department Chief Chris Salada reminds drivers to yield to pedestrians at posted crosswalks such as the one in front of Apple Granny Restaurant.

At Monday's Village of Lewiston Board meeting, Fine Antiques owner Ron Craft, a former trustee, warned of vehicles not paying attention to pedestrians.

"There's a number of us that have had close calls," he said. "They're not watching what they're doing."

The board asked Lewiston Police Department Chief Chris Salada to include some pedestrian safety guidelines in the village newsletter. Here's what he prepared:

"The Village of Lewiston has become an extremely popular place to reside, visit and enjoy its amenities. The weather is now allowing pedestrians to take pleasure in using our streets and sidewalks to get to stores, restaurants or just to take in the village history. That being said, the Lewiston Police Department has a few reminders to pedestrians and vehicle operators, to help keep our pedestrians safe.

"•Drivers shall yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk (not at a traffic signal).

"•Pedestrians at a traffic signal may enter the crosswalk after the signal turns red for the street they are crossing.

"•No pedestrian shall suddenly enter a crosswalk making it impractical for a vehicle to stop.

"•Pedestrians are required to use the sidewalk if provided and not the adjacent roadway.

"•Pedestrians walking on a roadway where there are no sidewalks are required to walk on the left side of the roadway facing approaching traffic.

"The Lewiston Police Department will be out looking to heavily enforce (penalties for) drivers not yielding to pedestrians as well as our distracted drivers. Drivers texting, talking on cell phones and speeding will be the target of our enforcement for pedestrian safety."  

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