WAYNESBORO, PA. - Fritzi Schreffler and Joe Burns took their lives in their hands Friday, crossing and recrossing Main Street for about three hours while motorists either did or did not stop as they entered the crosswalks.
Schreffler and Burns were no ordinary strollers, but undercover pedestrians working with the Waynesboro Police Department to raise awareness that drivers must stop when a person enters a crosswalk. Sixteen motorists who failed that test got written warnings, but it will be different next time.
"The next time we do this, which will be in a couple of weeks, they'll get traffic tickets," Cpl. Kurt Wagaman said. The citation for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, along with court costs, will set violators back about $108, he said.
"This is the first time we've done this in District 8," said Schreffler, the District 8 safety press officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Newspaper and other reports to the department, she said, pointed to a serious problem in Waynesboro, she said.