Police reiterate jaywalking laws after string of pedestrians hit

Police reiterate jaywalking laws after string of pedestrians hit by cars

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Three cars hit pedestrians over the past three days. Josh Johnson walks or bikes every day and has to deal with drivers.

"A lot of times they don't even notice you, he said, "or it just seems like it."

He said because of the drivers, he's almost been hit several times. But part of the reason, his priority is getting to where he needs to be as quickly as possible.

"You're responsible for what you're driving and where you're going and it's your responsibility to get there safe on your part," Johnson said.

According to LPD, responsibility lies on both parties, but when pedestrians use the crosswalk, they have the right of way.

"If it's in the middle of the roadway you know they should always be on the lookout for them, but if an accident does happen more than likely, the responsibility is going to be on the person not crossing where the crosswalk is," LPD Captain Ray Mendoza explained.

However, Mendoza said it's hard to catch every jaywalker.

"We try to target those areas in which we see the highest number of pedestrian accidents again," Mendoza said. "But when we're there, they're not gonna commit a violation in front of us. So it's always when we're not around."

Johnson admitted he doesn't always use the crosswalk, but expressed, "It's only illegal when you get caught."

If you're caught jaywalking, an officer will give you a ticket. Crossing the road where there isn't a crosswalk is a  Class C misdemeanor.

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