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Emphasis Patrols or Pedestrian "Decoy" Operations

Tool Snapshot: Pedestrian “Decoy” Operation
Definition

  • Police officers pose as pedestrians to identify drivers who fail to stop for crossing pedestrians.

Advantages

  • Can be high visibility through media coverage.
  • Can quickly identify offenders.
  • Poses no threat to actual pedestrians.

Considerations

  • Requires police resources, which may include overtime pay.
  • Needs to be done at regular intervals.

Another way to bring attention to problems with drivers not yielding to pedestrians is through a pedestrian decoy when police officers in highly visible civilian clothes pose as pedestrians crossing the street while other hidden officers observe their attempts. If a driver violates safe crossing rules by failing to yield to the pedestrian, the hidden officers pursue and apprehend violators. Because it is such a highly visible approach, it often garners media interest and publicizes the need for drivers to be aware of pedestrians. Effective programs exist in many cities, and Seattle piloted a program in 2008 that is continuing in 2009.



 

 

 





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