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Crosswalk crackdown with Operation Best Foot Forward

Central Florida law enforcement cracks down on drivers not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks.
Central Florida law enforcement cracks down on drivers not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks. (WKMG)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The message out on the streets of Orlando this summer, school is out and so are the cops.

Lenin Melo of Orlando, crosses Conway Road at Hargill Drive with his son everyday. He got a ticket last year for not stopping for a pedestrian in a crosswalk during the "Best Foot Forward" campaign. He appreciated the purpose behind the operation.

Orlando police Sergeant Richard Ruth wears plain clothes and attempts to cross the street. Nearby motorcycle officers pull over drivers who don't stop for him to cross, something required by Florida law.

With 2000 students out of school for the summer, the school zones that usually remind drivers about pedestrians are off and there's no crossing guards out to help kids navigate the roads. Because of this, Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office are out, trying to keep everyone safe.

The fine if you don't yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk is $164 and 3 points on your driving record.