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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Pedestrian safety worries LynnwoodPolice hope to curb the number of accidents by targeting violators of crosswalk laws.

By Scott PeszneckerHerald Writer

LYNNWOOD - Lynnwood police Sgt. Wayne Davis expected to write some tickets when he and other officers staked out the crosswalk at a busy intersection. He just didn't expect to write so many.

In about an hour, he and other officers ticketed 33 drivers who either cut off or sped behind a plain-clothes officer who repeatedly crossed at 200th Street SW and 56th Avenue W. "Drivers in general, they just don't pay as much attention to pedestrians as they should," Davis said.

The outcome of last Wednesday's crosswalk sting -the first of many planned for this year - mirrors a dangerous trend for the city's pedestrians and bicyclists.
In 2005, Lynnwood police investigated 43 accidents in which cars and pedestrians or bicyclists collided, nearly double the number from the year before, according to accident data based on Lynnwood police reports.

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