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Newton Police issue more than 50 citations in latest crosswalk sting

Posted by Derek McLean  October 7, 2011 08:38 AM

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The Newton Police Department issued 53 civil motor vehicle infractions Thursday morning, after conducting orchestrated crosswalk stings for the second time in the past month.

Police conducted the stings at several locations around Newton, pulling over cars whose drivers did not follow the crosswalk safety laws.

The stings were done in collaboration with a Boston College police officer who acted as a pedestrian walking through the crosswalks.

“We want to make sure that when someone is in a crosswalk, vehicles will stop for that person,” said Lieutenant Commander Bruce Apotheker, a Newton police spokesman. “By doing this enforcement, we hope that it will cut down on the number of pedestrian accidents and the number of violations.”

Civil motor vehicle infractions can cost the driver up to $200 in fines, said Apotheker.

Twenty-one civil motor vehicle infractions and three warnings were issued to drivers at the intersection of Beacon Street and Dalton Road in Newton Centre.

Twelve civil motor vehicle infractions and 12 warnings were issued at the intersection of Beacon Street and Lawrence Road near Boston College.

Seventeen civil motor vehicle infractions and three warnings were issued at the intersection of Center Street and Allerton Road.

Three civil motor vehicle infractions were issued at the intersection of Walnut Street and Tiger Drive outside Newton North High School.

No arrests were made.

Apotheker said the stings were done “through an effort of community partnership between the police department and the citizens,” he said. “People will tell us of problem areas in the city and we will go out there and do enforcement.”

“We do them and we like to let people know that we are out there,” said Apotheker.

“We will be having them in the future,” he said. But gave no hint on when the next stings may be.

Newton Police last conducted a sting on September 14th, when officers issued about two dozen citations to motorists at Beacon Street by the Boston College campus and in Newton Highlands.

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

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