SPANISH FORK — Thanks to an $8,400 state grant, police here will be monitoring crosswalks and educating residents about safer crosswalk usage.

During the next several weeks, officers will be observing crosswalks in the downtown area where a crossing isn't supported by a light or flashing signal.

On Aug. 27, Sept. 10 and Sept. 24, officers will be at 100 S. Main, 100 N. Main and 100 S. Main, respectively, watching for driver compliance if a pedestrian is attempting to cross.

The enforcement will take place during the early afternoon from noon to 2 p.m.

All officers will be in plain clothes to watch for violations, then issue citations to those who fail to yield, said Sgt. Brad Mitchell

The law states that drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk by slowing or stopping when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or if they're so close in approaching from the other side that passing them would be dangerous.

The Spanish Fork Police Department reminds drivers that cell phones, music and other distractions in the car often take the focus away from the road, making crosswalk travel dangerous for pedestrians and drivers.

"Our goal is to keep our citizens safe and to educate them on the dangers that we face on our roadways," Mitchell said.

The grant was funded by the Utah Highway Safety Department and The Utah State Health Department.

Anyone with questions is welcome to call Mitchell at 801-798-5070.