Watch for Me NC: Program aims to keep pedestrians, drivers safe

- “The light turned red and there were two men in a Mercedes and they were going to run that red light,” said one pedestrian. 

For people walking in and around Uptown Charlotte stories like this aren't too unfamiliar. 

“I am real careful because I know these people aren't very patient out here,” he told FOX 46.

That pedestrian was one of the more than 150 people officers stopped today.

“The officers gave me a flyer today and they were basically explaining to me the different rules for pedestrians and the drivers that I might be aware of to how to be safe and watch what’s going on,” another pedestrian said.

The goal was to educate folks in Charlotte about pedestrian versus driver safety in a campaign called Watch for Me NC.

“At CMC last year. there were 201 pedestrian related traumas that entered their system, and we've already had 15 pedestrians killed in Charlotte this year,” a CMPD officer told FOX 46.

During the event 173 contacts with the public were made.  Fifty reflective bands and three bike lights were distributed.  

“At least it's a campaign to increase the awareness and maybe it will last for a while and people on the street will look at little a longer,”   the pedestrian said. 

No tickets were given out today, but CMPD says 15 pedestrian warnings were handed out to go along with eight driver warnings.

“It's very important I am glad that they are taking their time to make sure that we are safe and acknowledging people who walk and I think that's an excellent thing for Charlotte." 

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