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Friday, September 21, 2012

After more than 450 tickets, Columbus Police not finished with jaywalking crackdown [Lantern]

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Andrew Holleran / Photo editor
A student crosses the street within a crosswalk on campus. The Columbus Division of Police has been cracking down on jaywalking and bicycling rules in the off-campus area, and plans to continue.

The crackdown on jaywalking and bicycle violations along High Street is far from over. In fact it will continue “minimally for the next couple weeks,” according to a member of the Columbus Division of Police.

After issuing 241 tickets in the University District Sept. 7 and 8, Columbus Police followed up its increased enforcement the next weekend with 226 tickets in the same area.

Students should expect the same level of focus for at least the next couple weeks, said Columbus Police Precinct 4 Commander Chris Bowling.

“We’re just trying to get everyone’s attention,” Bowling said.

But some students don’t think issuing fines and tickets is the right way to address the problem.

“They’re giving out like $100 tickets and I think that’s a little bit excessive especially for college students who already pay a lot for their books and whatnot,” said Jessica Howard, a first-year in microbiology.

When Bowling was working at Ohio State’s football game Saturday, he was approached by a number of students asking why he was trying to make students’ lives “miserable.” But Bowling said he’s just trying to keep everyone safe.

[Keep reading at The Lantern]

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