SAN ANTONIO -- Taking a deadly chance has cost 32 people their lives on San Antonio roads this year, so police are now cracking down on jaywalkers. Two people were killed on Fredericksburg Road last month, so Monday afternoon, Officer Cecelia Vasquez was patrolling the area inside 410.
Within a matter of minutes, she spotted people darting in between cars and sprinting across the street. She stopped one man who was trying to make it to the bus stop.
"You gotta use the crosswalk. If you have to walk a little farther, safety first!" she said. That man was given a warning, because she spotted him jaywalking in Balcones Heights.
A few minutes later and a few blocks down within the San Antonio city limits, she stopped two women for crossing illegally.
"You know how many fatalities we've had on this road for people not using crosswalks and getting hit by cars?" she asked.
While writing the two women tickets, another woman was caught jaywalking, followed by her husband. Then she stopped another man and another woman in the same spot. Within 50 minutes, she wrote nine citations.
"At least you'll go home safe tonight and I won't have to go to their family's door and tell them sorry, your son or daughter didn't make it because they failed to use a crosswalk and a vehicle hit them," Officer Vasquez said.
Police will be watching for jaywalkers all over town. If you're caught you could have to pay up to a $200 fine.