In response to two fatal pedestrian accidents, Fort Lauderdale police officers are cracking down on traffic and pedestrian violations along Las Olas Boulevard. One of the deaths has been labeled a traffic homicide case, and authorities are still investigating.
Since the crackdown began on April 1, police have issued more than 400 tickets to motorists and walkers. Motorcycle officers are charging drivers with not yielding to people at crosswalks and street corners, while pedestrians are being charged with jaywalking. The fines ranged from $86 to $165, but can get even pricier if the driver is speeding.
The city of Fort Lauderdale is also considering lowering the speed limit in this area and installing cameras to catch drivers who run red lights. Storeowners concerned about safety have also suggested adding raised crosswalks and caution signs reminding drivers to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
Source: Deaths lead police to crack down on traffic on Las Olas, South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 10, 2010
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