SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — While San Francisco cracks down on dangerous drivers in an attempt to increase pedestrian safety, it may come as a surprise to some that the last minute dash some pedestrians make to cross a street can them some hefty fines as well.
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“The letter of the law effectively is you do not enter the crosswalk unless there is a green hand,” said SFPD Commander Mikhail Ali.READ MORE: Vallejo Police Investigating Fourth Homicide Of The Year
The fine for breaking the crosswalk law is nearly $200.
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“We have seen collisions where pedestrians are deep into the sidewalk, sees a few seconds remaining on the countdown, decides to literally sprint across the roadway, as a car may be making that turn and literally running into the path of the car,” Ali said.