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Motorists are failing to stop at Mt. Jewett crosswalks

September 2, 2014

John Keesee

MT. JEWETT -- Under state law, motorists are required to stop for pedestrians who are waiting to cross the street at designated crosswalks.
Mt. Jewett has seven pedestrian crosswalks on Main Street (Route 6). But these crossings are most often are ignored by passing motorists, according to Mt. Jewett Borough Councilman John Keesee.
Speaking Tuesday at a meeting of the borough council, Keesee said he recently saw eight vehicles "pass by" a crosswalk while a person stood hopelessly waiting to cross the street.
According to Keesee, half of the motorists are local residents.
Keesee, a foreman with the local work crew for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), claims motorists stop for pedestrians "in every other town" when they approach a designated crosswalk.

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