CALGARY- New measures have been put in place, to keep pedestrians from walking on a busy roadway around a downtown construction zone.
On Tuesday, police handed out 90 tickets and 40 warnings to those jaywalking around barricades on 5 Street S.W. at 7 Avenue.
“We really got a big impact by handing out the tickets, which was the desired effect,” says S/Sgt. Paul Stacey from the Calgary Police Service. “It garnered a lot of media attention, and with social media the word really got out.
“We don’t expect we’ll have to go down there any time soon.”
The ticket blitz drew the ire of many people, including those who were trying to access a bus stop on the same side of the street. Councillor Druh Farrell says the city has a history of inconveniencing pedestrians, and says she plans to push for changes.
Officials from the city say they’re now looking at long-term solutions for the area as the project is expected to take another year. In the mean time, new signs have been put up warning people not to jaywalk.
The fine for jaywalking is $115.