Cops to Drivers: Stop for Pedestrians [PHOTOS]

Woburn Police conduct pedestrian safety operation downtown Wednesday.


Hundreds of people cross streets in Woburn daily, especially during warm weather like this past week. But how many cars stop for pedestrians in cross walks?

In less than an hour Wednesday morning, stopped at least eight cars that failed to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

"For the most part, people do stop," said WPD Sgt. Paul Tenney.

But for those that didn't on Wednesday, they were given a written warning and a Woburn Police Department Pedestrian Safety pamphlet.

One driver argued with Woburn Police Officer Mario Pascuccio Wednesday as the patrolman handed the man a warning.

"This is normally a $200 fine, sir," Officer Pascuccio informed him.

Woburn Police conducted the pedestrian safety operation Wednesday at four intersections downtown. Sgt. Tenney and Officer Pascuccio were working their regular shift, while Officers Michael Pacheco and Ian Hunt were able to assist thanks to money from a Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Grant. The grant was procured by Lt. Chris Wackrow through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earlier this year.

With the grant money, Woburn Police has produced the Pedestrian Safety pamphlets and hopes to run more crosswalk operations this summer.

How did the police capture so many drivers Wednesday? WPD summer intern Erin Murphy crossed Main and Pleasant streets several times between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sgt. Tenney kept an eye on the traffic, signaling to Officers Pascuccio, Pacheco and Hunt which cars did not stop for Murphy.

"We're focusing on the Three E's of traffic safety," said Sgt. Tenney. "Education, enforcement and engineering."

Residents with concerns or suggestions regarding pedestrian safety should contact the Woburn Police at 781-933-1212 ext. 813 or online at police@woburnpd.com.


Pedestrian Safety and Responsibilities:

  • Only use designated crosswalks
  • Do not assume drivers can and will stop
  • Use good judgment
  • Be predictable, wear bright colors or use reflectors at night

Driver Safety and Responsibilities:

  • Be attentive
  • Be alert
  • Remember when turning on a green light, the pedestrian has the right of way
  • Pedestrians crossing at an uncontrolled intersection have the right of way
  • Do not pass vehicles stopped for pedestrians

Information provided by the WPD Traffic Safety Division.

David Chesler June 26, 2012 at 09:15 PM
ROC, I think the issue is pedestrians standing ON the sidewalk, NEAR and FACING but not IN the crosswalk. But re-reading the story, it's not clear if anyone was warned for not stopping for a pedestrian on the sidewalk who might have been about to step into the crosswalk.
Earnhardt June 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM
ROC. Obviously YOU never drive through the center on a regular basis, people stand where they please looking at all sorts of things. First off re- read my statement. I nere said they were standing IN the crosswalk, only that they stand on the sidewalk AT the crosswalk. When do you stop? Should I stop for every person that stands on the sidewalk at the entrance to the crosswalk? Again, what if they are deciding where to go get lunch? or admiring the common. And as for the Hired Gun, If you were written a ticket on the hearsay of a non- police personnel saying you did not stop in the crosswalk, It would be thrown out in a minute! If a POLICE OFFICIAL did not see you commit the offense it's hearsay. I don't think it was a low blow at all. After all, those of us that have to work for someone are all "Hired Hands" are we not? So you tell me, when should I stop? and if they are merely standing at the entrance admiring whatever, do I wait all day? By your reasoning, if I go, I get a ticket.
Earnhardt June 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Oh by the way ROC ever hear of a DAY OFF? ever hear of using that day off to maybe go DOWNTOWN? maybe get a coffee at Moore and Parker and STAND OUTSIDE? I was only there a half hour buddy! Glad your jealous of my DAY OFF!
ROC June 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Earnhardt, this obviously hit a nerve with you and it was not my intention, so I apologize. Frankly, I am not wasting my time anymore with this, it should never have made it to this blog to begin with. Lastly, you'll never know who knows what they know in this city.......
Earnhardt June 27, 2012 at 01:22 AM
ROC it didn"t hit a nerve, But next time read the comment before you comment back. Also to make a comment about time on my hands or whatever it was, Well you talk about cheap shots at the hired gun? That was a cheap shot as well, I don" care what people know or don't know I ONLY KNOW WHAT I OBSERVED.


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