CS Police Say Jaywalking Tickets About Safety, Not Money

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

They come to Northgate for a night on the town, but Police say lots of them also jaywalk.

Throw some pedestrians and drivers who've been drinking into the mix and police say it's a potentially lethal combination.

For three nights a week for the past three weeks, officers from College Station have had their eagle eyes on the intersection at University Drive and College Main, writing jaywalking tickets at $180 a piece.

"Speeding, drunk driving, whatever, jaywalking? Are you kidding me?, " said Andrew Haskins after he received a ticket.

"This is a highly populated place so I don't think its that big of a deal," said Texas A&M student Greg Krablan.

Police, however, disagree.

"We saw the increase in near misses and we really thought we have to do something here," said Lieutenant Steve Brock of the College Station Police Department.

A pedestrian was hit and killed here last year. Just this month, a Northgate jaywalker was injured on the fourth. "He was hit by a vehicle, ended up in this intersection. Broke some bones," said Brock.

Two weeks later there was another accident. "Because the bicycle failed to yield the right of way," said Brock.

Two bicyclists were ran over wednesday night. "They stepped out in front of a vehicle and were hit," said Brock.

Thirty minutes after News 3 left Northgate Thursday evening, another jaywalker was seriously injured, his shoes left in the intersection

Despite the accidents, CSPD is taking a lot of flak.

"A little dangerous but not like there needs to be every single cop out here giving all these tickets and everything," said Jacob Ledkins after he received a ticket.

"The officers that are up here enforcing this are assigned to this area. This is their beat, this is their assignment," said Brock.

Officers issued 72 jaywalking tickets this weekend.

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