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Summertime brings out safety issues

It's summertime. I know it's hard to believe but I'm sure much warmer days are coming. At some point soon, we will have nice weather that will bring out even more pedestrians. It is important for drivers and pedestrians to know the law about cros...

It's summertime. I know it's hard to believe but I'm sure much warmer days are coming.

At some point soon, we will have nice weather that will bring out even more pedestrians. It is important for drivers and pedestrians to know the law about crossing the street.

Drivers must stop for pedestrians who are in a crosswalk at any intersection. The intersection does not need to be marked with lines or crosswalk signs.

Pedestrians must not dart out into traffic. Pedestrians at controlled intersections need to follow the traffic signals. They need to stay within the lines of the crosswalk and should not walk out into the street from between parked cars. Make sure to watch every lane of traffic to ensure drivers have seen you.

The definition of a pedestrian includes people in wheelchairs or electric mobility devices. Bicycles riding on the sidewalk in a slow manner are also considered pedestrians. If a slow moving bicyclist is in the cross walk drivers must yield to him or her.

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Drivers who fail to yield to a pedestrian at an uncontrolled intersection can be issued a traffic citation, statute 346.24 (1). The fine amount for this is $232. Violations at controlled intersection are fines of $175.30.

Check out rules and pointers for drivers and pedestrians on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website, www.dot.state.wi.us .

Another reminder for citizens and travelers is to check out the city website, www.ci.superior.wi.us . You can report a crime online. Once on the website go to Departments, select Police, along the left column is a section to report an incident.

One other summer time problem the police department has seen lately is children are being left at our park programs during bad weather. The park program for kids may be canceled during inclement weather. When the program is canceled parents need to answer their phones and respond immediately to get their children. Sorry to say but this has happened frequently this year.

Thank you for your time and have a safe summer!

Community Policing Officer Bonnie Johnson shares information with the community. You can leave a voicemail for her at (715) 395-7401. Her column will appear on the first Friday of each month in the Superior Telegram.

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