Bill aims to protect PA pedestrians in crosswalks

Written by Megan Lello and Radio Pennsylvania | Sep 23, 2012 8:27 AM

(Harrisburg) -- PennDOT data shows an average of 150 pedestrians die each year while using crosswalks in the state. In order to help curb that figure, the state House Transportation committee is considering a bill that's designed to make crosswalks safer.crosswalk.jpg

Republican Representative Ron Marsico says his bill would require motorists not just to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks, but to stop as well.

Marsico, who represents parts of Dauphin County, says he's also hoping to increase the penalites for violating the law in certain areas. "My legislation would increase the fine from $50 to $200 if the offense occurs within a school zone," he says.

Marsico introduced the bill following the death of an eight-year-old who was hit and killed while crossing the street outside of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg.

PennDOT data also shows an average of 430 pedestrians are injured each year while passing through crosswalks.

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