The Reno Police Department is cracking down on traffic violations this month. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk could land you a big ticket.
RPD held a sting in Downtown Reno Friday, placing an officer undercover as a pedestrian trying to cross Virginia Street. If vehicles failed to yield before a certain point or went through the crosswalk, officers pulled them over down the road.
RPD officers said the operation is especially important right now with all the special events in town.
"All of those events are going to increase pedestrian traffic in Downtown Reno," RPD Sergeant Joe Robinson said. "So we're out here trying to educate the drivers and motorists on pedestrian and traffic safety."
Nevada law does require all drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and wait while they cross.
In just one day, the RPD officers handed out 58 citations to drivers who failed to stop for the undercover officer. Those tickets carry a fine of $255. In a school zone, the cost is even higher.
With the Aces in the playoffs, the Great Reno Balloon Race, the Virginia City Camel Races, the Reno Championship Air Races, and all the other special events bringing a lot more pedestrians to our area this month, drivers should take caution.
"We want motorists to take the extra time to slow down and yield the right of way to pedestrians that are in a crosswalk," Robinson said, "especially with all the special events coming to town."
RPD plans to do more pedestrian safety stings throughout September, as well as throughout the year.
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