It is a common practice among many people, even though it is not safe. It’s called “Jaywalking,” and Hartford police are cracking down on those who do it.
Jaywalking has become an issue in downtown Hartford, especially at the intersection of Main and Pearl streets.
There are signs telling people to use the crosswalks, but often people ignore them.
"They are working on trying to enforce it, so people won't get hit by a car- which is good,” said Tiana Hercules, of Hartford.
Some people admit that they do jaywalk because they are in a rush.
Erin Monroe of West Hartford, who noticed police at the corner, but thought they were there for construction, said she jaywalks sometimes if she is in a hurry.
Now she said she knows they are cracking down on people like her.
“I suppose if it’s for our safety, I can see that,” Monroe said.
Police said they see about 40 to 50 people per day jaywalk at that intersection.
Police have been there for two weeks and are hoping their presence has convinced more people not to do it.
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