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Crosswalk sting nets 20 violations

A police sting targeting crosswalk violations nabbed 20 motorists Monday in downtown Medford for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The number of citations for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk during the two-hour sting ties the lowest numbers of tickets issued by the Medford Police Department in the program.

Police ticketed just 20 drivers during a previous sting at Jackson Street at Keeneway Drive in east Medford.

Monday's sting ran from 11 a.m. to — p.m. at the intersection of Jackson and Bartlett streets, and it was the first time the sting ran at that intersection, Medford police Officer Gail Schweizer said.

I didn't know what we'd get, Schweizer said. There's so many stoplights in the area and traffic doesn't get that fast there.

— But motorists also have learned the message behind using the orange signs and decoy walker to target motorists who illegally drive past pedestrians in crosswalks.

The whole program is about making the public aware, Schweizer said.

The 20 people caught for crosswalk violations took home tickets with &

36;237 bails. Two others were ticketed for driving while suspended, and police also issued tickets for four other offenses.

Drivers are reminded that, as of Jan. 1, pedestrians get curb-to-curb protection on residential and two-lane streets. The law requires that vehicles stop and remain stopped when a pedestrian is walking in your lane of traffic or in an adjacent lane.

Medford motorists will have their crosswalk savvy tested again when Schweizer's crew will work from 11 a.m. to — p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Second Street and Columbus Avenue in west Medford.

That area sports fewer lights and higher vehicle speeds than Monday's location, so we'll see if we get the low numbers again, Schweizer said.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail