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Undercover . . . pedestrians?

Kaid Benfield

Posted August 6, 2008 at 1:07PM

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crossing the street in Chicago (by: Theo la Photo, creative commons license)

Continuing the walkability theme, Chicago is now using undercover police to pose as ordinary pedestrians in order to remind motorists to yield the right of way.  Sounds like a job I’d rather not volunteer for, but the way it works is that an officer begins to cross the street or road; if a motorist doesn’t stop, other officers chase them down.

Officer Grace Delgado apparently wore bright pink clothing so she would be hard to miss, yet she and her colleagues caught 78 (!) violators in just a two-hour period.  “Most drivers were puzzled to find themselves pulled over,” says the article.