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West Richland Police Set Up Undercover Sting To Catch Crosswalk Violators

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - West Richland Police Officers said drivers aren't stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks throughout the city.

Wednesday afternoon West Richland Officer Terry Boehmler went undercover, crossing Van Giesen near 38th street hundreds of times.

Time after time Boehmler crossed and the cars did not stop when he entered the crosswalk.  Police had four patrol cars pulling people over and issuing 124-dollar tickets.

The department did a similar operation a few weeks ago and found discovered that out of 100 times the officer crossed there were 95 violations but sometimes there were multiple violations during one crossing.

While the KNDU cameras were rolling a teen boy was almost hit by a crosswalk violator.

Boehmler said, "It's a little scary when you get trapped in the intersection out in the crosswalk.  You got cars going left and right and the guy in the other lane might be stepping on the gas waiting for you to get by, but you are just stuck and can't go any where.  It's a little scary."

Police said if a pedestrian is crossing with one foot in the crosswalk the driver in the closest two lanes must stop.  If a pedestrian is in the middle of the roadway all four lanes must stop.

For a full list of rules and regulations go to: http://www.wtsc.wa.gov/research/laws.php