editor’s note: I know more than a few good people who have been killed or horribly maimed by cars careening down Worcester streets. PLEASE! Remember what we all learned (or at least what I learned) in driver’s ed: PEDESTRIANS ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.
Even if they are j-walking, even if they are drunk, even if they are homeless panhandlers, even if they are crawling along …
Anyways, we never ever give a big thumbs up to the Worcester Police Dept. We do today! Thank you, Chief Gemme! And shame on the idiots who are whining about the police stings – and asking where are they and how can we avoid them? These folks have no respect for the inner-city residents of Worcester! Or anyone, for that matter!
This press release from the City of Worcester:
Pedestrian Fatal Accidents Increase over Past Year
Worcester, MA (January 4, 2012) – The Worcester Police report that there have been 6 pedestrian fatalities over the past year, an increase from only 1 in 2010; however, there were 325 pedestrian accidents reported in 2011, a significant decline compared to 384 in 2010.
As a result of the increase in pedestrian fatalities, the Worcester Police Traffic Division increased law enforcement tactics by increasing a plain clothes crosswalk sting operation throughout the city. This operation is known as “Operation Safe Cross.”
This sting involves officers dressed in plain clothes that cross streets in congested areas within marked crosswalks. Meanwhile, marked police cruisers are staged nearby and observe driver behavior. These marked cruisers would then act when a violation is observed. There have been 1,427 crosswalk violations issued in 2011 compared to 769 in the previous year.
The Worcester Police will continue to expand on enforcing cross walk safety for the upcoming year by focusing attention on traditional law enforcement tactics and maintaining the sting operations.