Officers from the Carrboro Police Departmentâ€™s Community Services Division are conducting daily pedestrian decoy operations at various crosswalks in Carrboro this week through Friday.
Plain-clothes police officers in highly visible clothing will enter crosswalks as pedestrians and other officers monitor the crosswalks for violations. The decoy pedestrian will enter the crosswalk when an approaching vehicle in the opposite lane reaches a pre-determined location on the roadway. The pre-determined location is determined by the total stopping distance for a car traveling the speed limit plus 10 miles per hour, ensuring that every driver has ample time to see the pedestrian and safely come to a stop before reaching the crosswalk.
Through the operations, police hope to educate the public, enforce violations and reduce the number of incidents between pedestrians and vehicles in crosswalks. Motorists are encouraged to be mindful of pedestrians in marked crosswalks and at unmarked crosswalks in intersections.