Holly Springs police will monitor several crosswalks on Holly Springs Road and Main Street the afternoon of May 1 to ensure that motorists are stopping for pedestrians.
The department’s traffic unit will be at crosswalks from noon until 5 p.m. that day to begin an educational campaign on crosswalk safety. Officers will hand out fliers on crosswalk law to motorists who fail to abide by them.
The May 1 campaign will be the first of several of occasions during which the traffic unit will monitor crosswalks for compliance.
“The initial campaigns will consist of officers issuing warnings for most violations unless the violation is so dangerous in nature it warrants a citation,” said Capt. Mike Bornes.
Drivers and pedestrians share responsibility for safety. Drivers must yield to people in crosswalks and be certain the path is clear before turning. Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and should look in all directions before crossing the street.
Here’s a summary of state law on crosswalks:
• At intersections with ordinary traffic signals – Pedestrians must obey the same traffic signals as drivers going in the same direction. Pedestrians should wait for a green signal before beginning to cross. They have the right-of-way, including over vehicles turning toward them.
• At intersections without traffic signals - Pedestrians have the right-of-way within marked or unmarked crosswalks. An unmarked crosswalk is where a sidewalk ends at an intersection and continues on the other side. An implied crosswalk extends across the intersection.
• At mid-block crosswalks with no traffic signals - Drivers must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
• At intersections with special “Walk” or “Don’t Walk” signals - Pedestrians must obey these signals. Drivers should use their horn to warn any pedestrians who start to