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UTA Trying to Educate Pedestrians on Dangers of Jaywalking

UTA Trying to Educate Pedestrians on Dangers of Jaywalking

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There's more to crossing downtown streets than looking both ways.

The Utah Transit Authority want pedestrians to also cross only in the designated areas and avoid possible accidents with commuter trains. UTA is sponsoring a "Train for Safety" campaign to remind people that jaywalking, while perhaps convenient, can also be dangerous.

"We stand there and see jaywalking happen in front of us," UTA spokesman Justin Jones said. "There isn't a time when you can just be comfortable walking outside of the crosswalk along the TRAX line. You should always use the crosswalk."

Since TRAX began operating in December 1999, there have been several injuries and two deaths due to pedestrians walking in front of TRAX trains.

"Lately, we've had a number of near misses," Jones said. "It's just a matter of time before something happens, and that's why it's important for us to remind people of these safety rules."

Police won't issue the usual $100 jaywalking ticket during the two-week safety campaign, but violators will receive verbal warnings and a leaflet with safety notes.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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