The Missoula Police Department will conduct ‘Pedestrian Crossing Emphasis’ Patrols beginning this week in an effort to enforce pedestrian crossing laws within the city limits. The emphasis will be in the downtown business area and high foot traffic areas near schools to reduce pedestrian versus vehicle crashes. An important point of this enforcement will also be to educate both drivers and pedestrians regarding crossing laws and their respective responsibilities. Enforcement of all laws related to yielding, or crossing at intersections will be a part of this enforcement action. The overall goal of this action will be to increase the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicle operators in the area. The intent of these enforcement efforts is to remind everyone that they are not alone on Missoula’s roadways. Missoula Streets are heavily used by many forms of transportation to include motor vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians and wheelchairs. Everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings as well as with whom they are sharing the road. We will accomplish this through education and enforcement action when appropriate. This effort will continue through the fall season with the increase of pedestrian traffic throughout Missoula related to both the College K through 12 students returning to school.