Deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office spent an hour and forty five minutes conducting a crosswalk emphasis Thursday in hopes of educating the public and creating a safer environment for those using the crosswalks between the Law and Justice building and the Courthouse.
In that short time, fourteen traffic stops were conducted. Out of those stops:
– Five infractions were written. Two were for crosswalk violations. One was for distracted driving, one was for no child restraint, and the other was for no insurance.
– Nine warnings were given for crosswalk violations, distracted driving, and seatbelt usage.
– Deputies working the emphasis witnessed two teenaged boys almost get struck while they crossed in the crosswalk nearby.
“It was a real eye opener to see how many people had a cell phone in their hand,” said Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield. “It was very clear today that distracted driving correlates with the serious problem we have had with people almost being hit crossing in the crosswalk.”