The 5th Annual Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day will take place in Fayetteville on Wednesday, October 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the general public that it is both a state and a city law that a motorist must yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Also, it is just as important to increase awareness to pedestrians that it is their responsibility to look both ways and make sure the cars are going to stop before entering the crosswalk.
The event is sponsored by the Community Policing Division of the Fayetteville Police Department and was inspired by participation in both the first Fayetteville Citizen's Police and Fire Academies. Both the University of Arkansas Police Department and the Fayetteville Police Department have noted that the event has made a difference in increasing awareness and aiding the safety of both pedestrians and motorists, but the effort is ongoing.
On the day of the event, volunteers will stand near crosswalks around town with orange vests and bright yellow and red signs that simply say, "Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day".
The event is open to groups to sponsor a crosswalk. The groups could represent families, neighborhoods, businesses, churches, PTAs, campus living groups and organizations. The effort could be in memory, or in honor, of someone. All groups may have one sign at the crosswalk to identify who they are. A minimum of five people would be needed to adopt a crosswalk.
For more information or to adopt a crosswalk call Paula Marinoni at 479-444-6170.
Also media contact: Cpl. Craig Stout, Community Policing Division of the Fayetteville Police Department at 479-575-8338.