HYDE PARK — After a young girl was hit by a car on the Midway Plaisance, University of Chicago police are cracking down on drivers who don’t yield to pedestrians.
At 11:30 a.m. May 11, a young girl got away from her mother in the crosswalk at Woodlawn Avenue and the Midway Plaisance and was hit by a car, according to university police.
The girl suffered minor injuries and was taken by paramedics to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was treated and released, according to university police.
University police were unable to provide the girl’s age.
Officers on campus are using the incident to put more cops on the Midway to enforce pedestrian safety laws.
“This isn’t about enforcement and catching people in the act, it’s about safety,” said Gloria Graham, assistant chief of police at the university. “That’s why we will be reminding motorists that they need to drive with heightened awareness and to give pedestrians the right of way so we can prevent tragedies in our community.”
The more watchful eye of officers started on Friday and will continue at least through the beginning of the week, according to university police.
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