Officials remind drivers that stopping is the law

April 22, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

Twenty years ago, Pennsylvania passed a law requiring motorists to stop for pedestrians at all intersections and crosswalks, marked or unmarked.

Borough officials in Greencastle think drivers who are new to the area and even those who were around when the law was passed may either not know about the law or have forgotten how important it is for pedestrian safety, said Borough Councilwoman Sydnae Vanner.

Vanner, Councilwoman Jean Oliver, Borough Manager Kenneth Myers and Police Chief Terry Sanders held a press conference Friday aimed at reminding drivers of the law.


There are signs at the four main entrances to the borough telling drivers the law says they must stop for pedestrians, Sanders said.

There are four marked pedestrian crossings at key intersections in the borough, he said.

One driver was cited for passing a pedestrian in a crossing last week.

"It was a clear violation," Sanders said.

The penalty for not stopping for pedestrians is a $95 fine and two points against a driver's license, Sanders said.

"This is a public awareness campaign," Vanner said. "We're trying to reduce the incidents of crosswalk violations."

Council members have been getting complaints, she said.

"We're hoping everyone, pedestrians and motorists, will show some common courtesy to each other," she said.

Myers said if complaints of violations continue to increase, the council will instruct the police department to crack down on violators.

Vanner said parents should teach their children how to cross an intersection properly.

Two pedestrians have died as a result of accidents involving motor vehicles in Greencastle since the mid-1980s. A man struck at the intersection of East Baltimore and Jefferson streets in the mid-1980s died about a week and a half after the accident, Myers said.

In the mid-1990s a jogger was struck and killed at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Walters Avenue.

In 1999, a 10-year-old girl was injured but survived after being struck at the intersection of East Baltimore and Carl streets, he said.

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