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Lawmaker Wants To Strengthen State’s Crosswalk Laws

April 10, 2013

One state lawmaker has reintroduced a measure that he says will increase safety at crosswalks.

State Representative Ron Marsico, from Dauphin County, is pushing again for passage of a bill intended to create a safer atmosphere for pedestrians who use crosswalks.  He told Radio PA News the legislation is modeled after a strengthened law in New Jersey.

Marsico’s bill would require drivers to stop and yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, even when traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation.  The legislation would also increase fines for not stopping at school zone crosswalks from fifty to 200 dollars.

The lawmaker says there have been 176 fatalities over the past ten years at crosswalks in Pennsylvania.

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