Police want pedestrians and cyclists to be aware of their surroundings near the Ohio State campus following several crashes involving walkers and bicyclists.
Authorities said that they were targeting the pockets of pedestrians to keep them alert and safe.
Ohio State student Courtney Strickland returned to class recently, it did not take her long to get reacquainted with dangerous traffic on North High Street.
“They’ll fly by,” Strickland said. “I’ll walk to class and almost get hit.”
The push for safety was amplified after multiple crashes near the campus- including when a student was struck by a dump truck and a walker struck by a bicyclist.
“I talked to a girl who was crossing the street on the crosswalk, but the orange hand was up telling her not to cross,” Student Ashley Meers said. “She got a $97 ticket for jaywalking.”
Police said that have stepped up enforcement for jaywalkers and vehicles who fail to yield to pedestrians.
“I'd rather pay a $100 fine than get hit by a bus,” student Kelly Yee said.
Fines for violations range from $50-120.
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