YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Jaywalking Dangers on Highway 111
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
INDIO - Driving down Highway 111 between Clinton and Monroe Streets, there's a good chance you'll see someone crossing the street illegally, especially during lunch hours. It's a busy area surrounded by shops and restaurants, where the crosswalks are just feet away from the businesses.
"People should be more concerned about crossing the street especially when you see families with little kids, that's like the worst part. Half the time the kids aren't even being held by their hands," said Gabriel Ceron.
Residents in the area like Ceron are concerned about safety on this busy road, saying there's little being done to enforce laws against jaywalking.
"From McDonald's all the way down to Kmart, the jaywalkers in the nighttime are so hard to spot," expressed Mike Scalice, "Law enforcement sees the jaywalkers, and they just drive by."
The Indio Police Department says traffic officers patrol the street regularly and give out warnings and citations, but still pedestrians keep breaking the law.
"I think it's just the laziness of people instead of walking to the crosswalks and doing it the right way," said Ceron.
One of the jaywalkers caught on camera Friday by KMIR said he crossed the street because it would be easier that way. He defended his action saying he looked both ways before he jaywalked.
In August, a homeless woman was killed while she was jaywalking in the area. Residents say this needs to stop before someone else gets hurt.
Two months ago...A woman was killed while she was jaywalking in the area.
"I understand people want to take a shortcut and you know, I understand that, but really when it comes to your safety, look twice before you cross," said Scalise, "You might have to walk 100 feet out of the way, but your life is worth more than 100 feet."