FREEPORT (WIFR) – It’s not an uncommon sight to see people walking down the middle of the street, but the Freeport Police Department is putting a stop to it and if you’re caught, it could really cost you.
Avoiding a $120 ticket is as easy as walking on the sidewalk and crossing in crosswalks at intersections.
So far this year, 20 people have gotten tickets. Deputy Police Chief Jim Drehoble says many street walkers also check car doors to see if they’re unlocked then steal items out of cars. Not only does ticketing street walkers help curb crime, it also keeps walkers and drivers safe.
“I see a lot of people just walking in the middle of the street and then you as a driver then have to be aware of your surroundings and slow down and allow them to get off of the street,” said Freeport resident Rosemarie Doyle.
Last year, the Freeport Police Department handed out 49 citations for illegal walking. They’re on track to hand out about the same amount this year.
Officers say they expect to see more people walking in the street as the temperatures rise, but even in the winter people walk on the street instead of unshoveled sidewalks.