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Boulder police ticketing for not pushing the button at crosswalks

BOULDER, Colo. — The City of Boulder is having a crosswalk crackdown next week.

July 24-28 Boulder Police will be present at five of the city’s busiest intersections to enforce traffic laws related to crosswalks. Locations include:

  • Broadway and Spruce
  • Arapahoe and Folsom
  • Broadway and Canyon
  • 30th and Arapahoe
  • Mohawk and Baseline

“We want to educate people on the safety of traveling through crosswalks as well as the intersections,” Boulder Transportation Planner Matthew Jones said.

According to city-provided data, 60 percent of crashes with serious and fatal injuries happen in crosswalks. Overall, crosswalks are the most common locations for collisions between vehicles and pedestrians.

“It’s something that we’re tackling here in Boulder, statewide and nationally and these crosswalk crashes and collisions are something that we deal with,” Jones said.

Police will be specifically monitoring three city traffic ordinances:

  • Pedestrians and cyclists must press the “walk” button before entering the crosswalk, or face a $50 fine.
  • Cyclists must slow to 8mph while crossing, or face a $50 fine.
  • Drivers must stop at crosswalks if pedestrians are present and allow them to cross, or face a $125 fine.

Jones says it will be up to each officer’s discression to issue citations. They may let many people off with warnings.

“A lot of the times it’s about the education process, so what we’re going to be doing is educating folks,” he said.