Iowa City Police: Stay in Crosswalks

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa City Police are reminding people to stay in the crosswalks the next time their shoes hit the streets.

While police officers said they’re not cracking down on jaywalking- or as they call it “failing to use a crosswalk,” they said they’ll hand out a ticket if they see it.

That’s not a big deal to pedestrians like Oscar Narvaez who said he has little concern about crossing illegally.

"When I come here, I pay real good attention, simply because originally I'm from New York. You got to keep your eyeballs open all the time, as far as the street is concerned," said Narvaez.

Kristen Hutchinson is another offender who said her illegal strolls across the street save her time.

"I take the trash out. I either have to use that crosswalk, or that crosswalk. It's kind of a hassle," she said.

Iowa City Police said their motivation for citation is safety.

"The goal is to make sure the traffic can move safely through the intersections without anybody being hit. We don't want to have anybody sent to the hospital, especially on a day like today," said Officer Brian Krei.

Sergeant Krei said officers see a lot of illegal crossing on game days, like Saturday. He said people are often hurrying to Kinnick or a party and decide to save a few seconds by crossing streets illegally, in front of oncoming traffic. He called that a costly move that can land people with a fine totaling more than $93.

"It's a pretty substantial fine for not waiting a few seconds at a crosswalk," said Krei.

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