Austin police are using officers as decoys to nab drivers who violate laws on crosswalks.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that pedestrian deaths are on the rise in Texas' capital city, even as other vehicle-related deaths are declining. Police are setting up checkpoints with plainclothes officers to catch drivers who enter crosswalks illegally.
Police say drivers most often get tickets at crosswalks for failing to yield to pedestrians or blocking their way.
A crackdown last October led to more than 1,100 citations being written in two weeks. Almost all of those citations went to pedestrians and bicyclists.