Sting set up to catch motorists failing to yield to pedestrians

Sting set up to catch motorists failing to yield to pedestrians

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ATLANTA -

Undercover officers set up a sting to catch motorist who failed to yield to pedestrians at a busy intersection in Midtown Atlanta.

State law requires drivers to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) asked Atlanta police to conduct the sting at Peachtree Street and Renaissance Parkway. The intersection is near Emory University Hospital.

"If people are crossing to the hospital, they probably have other concerns going on. They should be able to cross safely," said PEDS Program Director Marian Maddox.

APD's motor unit had two of its officers go undercover and pose as pedestrians to catch and ticket drivers who don't yield the right of way to the crosswalk.

Lt. Richard Smythe said he's happy to enforce the law, but said pedestrians also have a duty to themselves.

"Well, you need to do what your kindergarten teacher and your momma and daddy probably told you and that's to look both ways while you cross the street," said Smythe.

Atlanta police officers ticketed three people for failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in that busy Midtown crosswalk. The fine is a whopping $252.

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