CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago isn’t messing around when it comes to getting drivers to stop at crosswalks. Police set up Tuesday along North Clark Street near the Chicago History Museum.
One after another, drivers were pulled over for failing to yield to pedestrians. It’s a very busy area with a lot of apartment buildings, a park, some shopping and a couple of pre-schools.
Rebekah Scheinfeld of the Chicago Transportation Department says it happens all over the city.
“The fact that they are being hit is evidence that we have a problem with speeding and that cars are not going slow enough to judge the distances from those signs,” said Scheinfeld.
Ron Burke of the Active Transportation Alliance says around 3,000 pedestrians are hit by vehicles in Chicago every year.
“We need to do better in terms of designing our streets, kind of moving beyond this legacy of designing streets to move as many cars as fast as possible,” said Burke.
The fine for blowing through a crosswalk clearly marked stop for pedestrians: $120.