Fort Worth police visits campus to issue jaywalking tickets

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    Fort Worth police came to campus Monday in order to enforce jaywalking laws on University Drive.

    Two police officers on motorcycles parked on the sidewalk for 20 minutes to hand out tickets to offenders. 

    Officers were to be stationed at the main intersection on University Drive from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to a TCU 360 article. Instead, the officers came at 10:40 a.m.

    There were no tickets issued on Monday morning.

    Prior to the officers' arrival, students were jaywalking and crossing the street at will, especially when there were no cars in sight. 

    Walking across a street outside of marked crosswalks or walking against a signal light are both considered jaywalking, according to Officer R.M. McClellen of the Fort Worth police.

    Some students crossed regardless if the crosswalks sign said stop or walk.

    “I know it is against the law, but this is the main street to get to class. So, they have to realize the urgency of students to get across sometimes,” senior Saria Hawkins said.

    Other students did not cross at the marked crosswalks at all.

    “I’ll be more cautious now that there is a fine involved,” first-year student Makenzie Koch said.

    According to the Fort Worth Municipal Court, jaywalking tickets are on average about $105.

    “We understand students are trying to get to class, but we try to be proactive and prevent accidents and keep people safe,” McClellen said. “That’s our number one job.”

     TCU Sgt. Alvin Allcon said the TCU Police Department had nothing to do with Fort Worth officers cracking down on jaywalking laws.

    “I have mixed emotions,” Allcon said. “I hate for anyone to get a fine for something like this, but we have been fortunate to not have anybody badly injured, and we want to keep it that way.”