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The Gaithersburg Police Department issued more than 130 warnings and citations to drivers and pedestrians in a five-hour-long safety initiative Tuesday evening.

Gaithersburg Police Department Public Information Officer Dan Lane said 37 warnings and two citations were issued to pedestrians.

“The pedestrians were issued citations or warnings for failing to cross in a crosswalk or failing to obey pedestrian control signals,” he said.

In Gaithersburg, officers issued 94 warnings and seven citations to drivers for failing to stop at stop lines and failing to yield to pedestrians.

Officers conducted the pedestrian safety initiative from 4 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. They issued warnings, citations and distributed educational brochures at three intersections in Gaithersburg: Clopper Road at Firstfield Road, Md. Route 355 at Odendhal Avenue, and Great Seneca Highway at Orchard Ridge Drive.

In a press release, Police Chief Mark Sroka said pedestrian safety “remains a concern” in Gaithersburg, especially where residents cross without regard to pedestrian signals.

Officers handed out 65 educational brochures to pedestrians during the initiative.

scarignan@gazette.net