Jaywalking, previously punished by verbal warnings, will now be punishable with a hefty $166 fine.
In an effort to improve pedestrian safety, the UNC Department of Public Safety has begun the new campaign, similar to an initiative in the 2006-07 school year, which resulted in 19 pedestrian citations.
Before 2006, pedestrians were only given a citation if their action caused a traffic accident, said DPS spokesman Randy Young.
But now, any type of jaywalking can be punished by a fine.
If cited, $141 of the $166 fine will go toward court costs. The rest will go to DPS, but Young said this is not a revenue-oriented initiative.
“What we are really trying to do here is improve campus pedestrian safety,” he said.
The safety initiative has a two-pronged focus — motorists and pedestrians. By cracking down on speeding, Young said, they handle motorists. Now, he said, citing pedestrians will hopefully make them more responsible as well.
“Pedestrian safety hinges on safe practices from both motorists and pedestrians,” Young said.
With construction projects continuing on campus, the sun setting earlier and the football and basketball seasons overlapping, Young said the initiative comes at a time of concern for pedestrian safety.