Police sting in Gaithersburg targets drivers who don’t yield to pedestrians -- Gazette.Net


Montgomery County police took to the streets Wednesday for a sting operation to stop vehicles that don’t yield to pedestrians.

Between 2 and 4:30 p.m., officers carried out the sting at the intersection of Muddy Branch Road and Suffield Drive in Gaithersburg, according to Montgomery County Police Officer Janelle Smith.

Several officers, dressed in bright clothing, acted as pedestrians and crossed the street in marked crosswalks.

During the sting, 17 motorists were issued citations charging them with failing to stop for a pedestrian at a crosswalk, Smith said.

Two motorists were given tickets for allegedly using a cellphone while driving, one driver was charged with not wearing a seat belt and one pedestrian received a citation for a charge of crossing the street unsafely, Smith added.

Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokeswoman, said the intersection was chosen for the sting based on complaints and concerns from residents who live nearby, as well as vehicle collision data.