Atlanta police carried out two sting operations Wednesday at the corners of busy intersections, trying to catch drivers not yielding the right of way to pedestrians. On the corner of West Peachtree Street and North Avenue, 16 people were cited in less than 45 minutes.
The sting was in cooperation with PEDS, an Atlanta-based organization that advocates for awareness of pedestrian safety.
"We organized this event because I have been nearly hit here several times," said PEDS President Sally Flocks.
Most drivers who were pulled over did not know why police flagged them down.
"I don't feel like in that instance that any pedestrian was in any danger from my vehicle," said Jason Berry, who was cited by Atlanta police.
The purpose of the exercise, according to Flocks, was so that people would be more aware of the law that requires drivers to wait until pedestrians are completely out of the road before they make a turn.
In the city of Atlanta, the minimum fine for not yielding to a pedestrian is $252.
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