Right of way: North Syracuse Police launch 'Crosswalk Crackdown Initiative'

Starting Monday, May 5, the North Syracuse Police Department will kick off a new initiative on Route 11 to cut down on drivers violating crosswalk laws.

The â??Crosswalk Crackdown Initiativeâ?? will run from May 5 to May 18, beginning with an educational phase, and is designed to educate the public on the laws surrounding crosswalks.

Several crosswalks in North Syracuse already bear signage alerting drivers that it is state law to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Police will set up checkpoints near the crosswalks to hand out pamphlets to drivers, informing them of the laws.

After the educational phase of the crackdown, police will take to unmarked cars which will specifically target crosswalk violations. There will be a zero tolerance policy during the enforcement time.

The penalty for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian can be steep. First time offenders can get a max fine of $150, with a $93 surcharge and three points on their license.