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Crossing on red will get you warned

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published June 29, 2006


TAMPA - You're standing at a red light. The street is clear of cars. So, you cross against the light.

Not so fast!

As of today, prepare to get a warning from your friendly police officer.

Tampa Police are cracking down on jaywalkers and other pedestrian offenders in an effort to curb pedestrian fatalities.

In three of Tampa's last four pedestrian fatalities, the victim was at fault, according to police. And 70 percent of pedestrian accidents occur mid block, where pedestrians are not supposed to cross.

The crackdown begins today at 7 a.m. in downtown Tampa but will spread to several areas of the city through the summer months.

Tampa had nine pedestrian fatalities last year; Hillsborough County had an additional 49.