officers worked with Attleboro City Councilor Duff White this morning to capture drivers who did not yield to let White cross County Street in a marked crosswalk.
White, who was wearing a bright red sweatshirt and carrying a police radio, was the decoy during the sting operation run by Attleboro Police Sgt. Jeffrey Pierce. White crossed County Street in front of the entrance repeatedly. While many cars slowed down to yield and let White cross, others blew right past him.
In one instance when a car stopped to let White cross the street, another zoomed by as White was still attempting to cross the street.
One by one, the drivers that violated Chapter 29, Section 11 law were stopped by one of two groups of Attleboro Police officers on each end of County Street waiting to give them a citation. The law states that when traffic signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of the vehicle shall yeild the right of way, slowing down or stopping if needed to yield to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk.
According to Chief Kyle Heagney, the four-hour sting resulted in 19 $200 civil fines, 10 written warnings and four seat belt violations. Police stopped 47 cars and handed citations to 16 drivers during a similar sting in June.
Councilor White, who is chairman of the City's Committee on Transportation, has been a proponent of enforcing the marked crosswalks law, especially in the area of the sting where many residents cross County Street to get to Capron Park & Zoo.
White said he offered his assistance to Sgt. Pierce, who is a co-member of the Traffic Study Commission, earlier in the year after residents of the Bushee Street area appeared before the Traffic Study Commission.
"Seeing how the Attleboro Police Department operates first hand allows a better understanding of how to approach traffic issues before my Committee on the Municipal Council," White said. "I appreciate the opportunity afforded me by all of the members of the police department I was fortunate enough to work with and look forward to helping again in the future if they believe it can help both the department and the Council.
"It is worth noting that I will be a more attentive driver, after having witnessed for almost four hours the number of motorists who are not," he added.
Wednesday's sting was also conducted at County Street near Bushee Street and then North Main Street in front of