In the past five years, the Carlisle Police Department responded to 61 crashes involving pedestrians.
Officers on Thursday started embarking on a wave of pedestrian safety enforcement and education efforts. Officers will monitor pedestrian and vehicle traffic at intersections and crosswalks throughout the borough.
Police said that education is the preferred method for dealing with safety issues but enforcement action will be taken against the most egregious violators.
Sgt. Joshua Bucher said the enforcement wave isn’t prompted by a specific event, but by the general understanding that pedestrian traffic increases when schools and colleges are in session.
The enforcement wave is for both drivers and pedestrians.
“Pedestrians crossing in areas other than crosswalks will be educated about the dangers of their actions and advised that they must cross at crosswalks,” Bucher said.
PennDOT maps showing pedestrian crashes in the last five years reveal that pedestrian-related crashes happen throughout the borough, but are mainly centered around the Square.
Carlisle police remind drivers that pedestrians within the crosswalk have the right-of-way and vehicles must yield at uncontrolled crosswalks. Drivers should also slow down when approaching midblock crosswalks.
Police also reminded pedestrians that they should not enter the crosswalk until vehicles are safely able to yield and that they should follow the signals at controlled crosswalks.
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