FCPD cracking down on pedestrians obstructing traffic

FORREST CITY, AR (KAIT) - Officers with the Forrest City Police Department say a problem with pedestrians impeding or obstructing traffic has gone too far.

According to the department, the community has dealt with this problem for years. Now, officers are being tasked to have zero tolerance for pedestrians regarding these matters.

The FCPD hopes that their new zero tolerance policy will make parents keep their children out of the street. The department has had a problem with children being in the middle of the street, refusing to move for traffic.

The department says parents will have one chance to tell their children to get out of the street but if they don't obey, they'll be slapped a $265 fine for disorderly conduct.

The law says, "a person commits the offense of disorderly conduct if, with the purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm or recklessly creating a risk of public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, he or she: Obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic."

Though officials with the FCPD say some city streets don't have sidewalks, they're wanting pedestrians to walk as close to the curb as possible, instead of using the street as a walkway.

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