The White Bear Lake Police Department found a missing vulnerable adult during a crosswalk enforcement initiative in June. 

The vulnerable adult was located during the safety initiative when police stop vehicles that don't yield to pedestrians entering crosswalks and either issue warnings or tickets to violators. 

Officers visited three crosswalk locations in White Bear Lake: White Bear Avenue and Lakeaires Boulevard; Highway 61 and Whitaker Street; and Highway 96 and Pacific Avenue.

During the initiative, 24 vehicles were stopped, reported Capt. Dale Hager. There were 21 citations issued for drivers failing to yield or stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. One driver was cited for not wearing a seatbelt and one for not properly wearing a seatbelt. 

Police also found one driver who was driving after their license had been suspended. The person was cited. 

Minnesota State Law requires drivers to stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing within marked crosswalks or at intersections with no traffic signals, according to the Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Police officers enforce the state crosswalk law by using a safe stopping distance based on the speed limit, as dictated by National Highway Traffic Administration guidelines.

Pedestrians need to be in the crosswalk or road at an intersection to have the right of way, but they need to have taken only one step into the road. Minnesota state law also tells pedestrians they should not walk into the path of a vehicle if it is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

Sara Marie Moore

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