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Police target drivers and pedestrians on dangerous Denver road

Police cite drivers and pedestrians on Federal Blvd.

Police cite drivers and pedestrians on Federal Blvd.

DENVER — Police are cracking down and handing out tickets on a section of roadway that has become known for crashes.

But drivers aren’t the only ones getting the tickets.

Pedestrians are getting cited for jaywalking, if they’re not crossing busy Federal Boulevard at crosswalks.

“Combine speed with inattentive driving and pedestrians who are not crossing the correct manner and it’s a recipe for danger,” says Denver police commander Bill Nagle.

Police are watching out for speeding and distracted drivers as well as jaywalking pedestrians along Federal between Iliff and Floyd avenues.

There have been 50 accidents along that stretch of road in the last year. Ten involved autos and pedestrians and two were fatal — both students.

One problem is crosswalks are more than 10 blocks apart where there are four schools.

“There’s no crosswalk, there’s no traffic signal light saying ‘school’ nothing. You wouldn’t believe how many people got hit on this road,” says Wendell Gaskins who lives nearby.

Federal is a state road, so the city is working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to find ways to make it safer.

“We’re trying to get the message out to the drivers that we need to slow down because it does mean lives,” Nagle says.

The people we talked to who got a ticket for jaywalking were not too happy about it. It’s a $95 fine.