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Pedestrian-enforcement operation targets drivers

Medford police today will target drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians at an east Medford intersection.

Police will operate their Targeted Pedestrian Enforcement operation from 11 a.m. to — p.m. at the intersection of East Jackson Street and Keeneway Drive.

Pedestrians have the right of way at every intersection, whether or not a crosswalk is marked on the pavement.

During the operation, a police department employee works as a decoy and walks back and forth across the street when there are safe intervals in traffic. Officers ticket drivers who don't stop for the pedestrian.

A citation for failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian carries a &

36;175 fine, police said.

— The department started the program in 2002. It has seen a steady decrease in the number of citations issued as drivers become aware of the need to stop for pedestrians, officials said.