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Two dozen cited in crosswalks stings in Newton

Posted by Derek McLean  September 20, 2011 09:20 AM

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Newton police issued about two dozen citations while conducting orchestrated crosswalk stings around the city last Wednesday.

The Newton Police Department conducted the stings in collaboration with the Boston College Police Department.

A Boston College police officer acted as a pedestrian walking through the crosswalks by the college’s campus on Beacon Street and in Newton Highlands Square.

Captain Howard Mintz, Traffic Bureau commander for the Newton police, said 23 citations and a criminal complaint application were issued during the sting operation to drivers who failed to obey the crosswalk safety laws.

“I thought it was quite successful,” said Mintz. “Crosswalk violations and pedestrian violations are a real problem.”

“We do these when we have the manpower, when we have the need and when there are safe weather conditions,” he said.

The criminal complaint was issued to a motorist operating a vehicle with an expired driver’s license.

The department will do more crosswalk stings in early October and will try to give residents advance warning of when the stings may be conducted, which is not required by law.

“We’ve had a number of pedestrians hit in the crosswalks over the past few years,” he said. “We are just trying to create a safer environment.”

Derek McLean can be reached at dbmclean1@gmail.com.

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