- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Orlando authorities are cracking down on drivers who don’t stop for people crossing the street in a crosswalk.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2bWOdiQ ) reports that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orlando police plan to conduct a special operation Thursday with undercover officers acting as pedestrians. Drivers who don’t yield will receive tickets or warnings.

Operation Best Foot Forward, started in 2012, is designed to reduce injuries and fatalities in a region that has been ranked among the most dangerous in the U.S. for pedestrians by nonprofit Smart Growth America.

Authorities plan to focus on nine crosswalks, including in front of the Orlando Public Library’s downtown branch. Eighty-eight-year-old library volunteer Jo Anne Feldstein was killed there in April when she stepped into a crosswalk and was hit by an SUV.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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