Reno Police officers will be on the look out for drivers who “pretend” not to pay attention to the white lines designated for pedestrians, said Reno Police Sergeant Joe Robinson.
Reno Police will begin a one-day pedestrian enforcement campaign to catch motorists who fail to stop when undercover officers attempt to cross a road at areas around Reno, beginning at 8 a.m
“It’s important to do these type of enforcements, so that way the drivers on the road are not being distracted while driving.”
It’s not only a nuisance to for drivers to watch and wait while walkers take their time to cross a busy road. By not stopping or paying attention, it can also be deadly, Robinson said.
Last year, Reno tallied 11 fatalities of pedestrians caused by drivers who failed to stop.
“It’s important, because in 2011, Reno had 17 fatalities. Of those crashes, 11 involved pedestrians,” Robinson said.
The Reno police funded by the Office of Traffic Safety, try to provide the pedestrian enforcement as often as possible he said. In January, 84 citations, were issued.
“It boils down to not paying attention,” Robinson said.
But, he said, the problem is not just the motorists’ fault. Pedestrians can also be distracted listening to music or wearing inappropriate clothing that cannot be easily seen at night by drivers.
“Pay attention to what’s around you,” he said. “Pedestrians also have a culpability to it Look both ways. They have to be aware of their surroundings as well.”
All regions of Reno are susceptible to the problem, Robinson said.
“Crashes happen all over the city,” he said.
State rules are such that if a pedestrian sets a foot inside a crosswalk, a driver must stop and let the walker through.
“Once the pedestrian is about a lane of travel away from them, they can proceed. But they must stop for them initially,” Robinson said.