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Police Hand Out 328 Tickets To Pedestrians Thursday

San Diego police had a day-long crackdown on pedestrians Thursday, and while police said they wouldn’t be handing out many tickets, that turned out not to be true.

San Diego police had a day-long crackdown on pedestrians Thursday, and while police said they wouldn’t be handing out many tickets, that turned out not to be true.

Police handed out 328 tickets to jaywalkers and other pedestrians breaking traffic rules. Those tickets cost about $100 each, said Steve Hutchinson, the police lieutenant running the program.

Hutchinson had said police would mostly be giving out warnings. But it turns out they only gave 81 warnings, not nearly as many as the 328 tickets.

Police also cited 12 bicyclists, 30 drivers, and impounded one car and made one felony arrest.

The idea was to teach pedestrians the rules of the road, Hutchinson said.

There have been 13 accidents in San Diego this year where cars hit pedestrians. The pedestrian was at fault in 10, and six were fatal, Hutchinson said.

The crackdown ran from 7 a.m. to midnight Thursday. Crackdowns will continue at regular intervals throughout the year, Hutchinson said.

He said the next one will be coming soon.

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