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Kennewick PD Conducts Crosswalk Enforcement

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Close calls, and even some minor injuries, mostly to children. Close calls, and even some minor injuries, mostly to children.
KENNEWICK, WA- Kennewick Police were out at crosswalks Wednesday making sure drivers stopped for people crossing the street.

They set up at Park Middle School and Amistad Elementary. The history at these specific crosswalks is not very good.

Teresa Garcia has been a crossing guard at Amistad for five years, she said there have been, "Very close calls. Yeah, very close calls. When we go out into the road, some of the drivers are just not watching."

Close calls, and even some minor injuries, mostly to children.

Sgt. Ken Lattin explained the law states, "A pedestrian steps one foot onto the roadway, the cars are suppose to stop. If that pedestrian is within one lane of your half of the roadway, the cars are suppose to stop. If that pedestrian is within one lane of your half of the roadway, you need to stop and wait for them. Once they're on that other opposite side, you're good to go."

NBC Right Now's Morgan Ashley tried to cross the road during the crosswalk enforcement. Three cars flew by as she hesitated to make the first step.

If you do not stop then, you could face a $124 fine or more, if school zones are in effect.

Garcia said as many as 300 students cross during the time she is out helping as a crossing guard. 

Even with blinking lights and crossing guards, police still see drivers just simply, not paying attention.
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