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Pedestrians, drivers not yielding on Ocean Blvd.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Recently, people have reported a dangerous traffic problem in Myrtle Beach - one involving pedestrian crosswalks.
People in Myrtle Beach have been complaining about the crosswalks on Ocean Boulevard; it’s not because the crosswalks there, it’s that drivers are speeding past them without yielding to people trying to cross.

So WMBF News crews took a Go-Pro camera to some areas where many people walk to catch drivers in action. The law says drivers are required to stop at crosswalks when a pedestrian is trying to get to the other side of the street. Cameras didn't catch much wrongdoing by drivers. One driver who was seemingly tired of the long line of pedestrians crossing accelerated quickly and sped past the next few, but cameras didn't catch it.

“Really, I've really seen most people generally are stopping for and are courteous to the pedestrians that are walking in between the streets," according to Bryan Silverman who works downtown.

What cameras caught a lot of, though, was pedestrians crossing illegally.

"I like to jaywalk man, I ain't got time to be getting to the corner,” explained Deyone Hibbler. “So I might just, you know [if there’s no] police, slide through the middle. But the traffic pretty good and the drivers here okay. Store's right there I can go all the way to the corner, or cut across right here. I'm a cut across. Eight time out of 10."

Myrtle Beach law requires pedestrians to yield to drivers if they are crossing the road outside a crosswalk. But many people charging across without a glance.
Police say they typically stop and warn a pedestrian in the road or a driver for failing to yield, butt at the officer’s discretion, that person could also be arrested.

There’s also a $133 dollar fine for both charges.

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