HAMMOND | Hammond police are increasing enforcement of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle laws in response to a number of bike and pedestrian crashes with vehicles.
The Police Department was awarded a $7,500 grant through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle crashes in the city. The grant money will pay for overtime costs.
Among the crashes was one that resulted in the September death of Joshua Spencer, 13, of Hammond. The teen was riding his bike when he was struck by a car near 171st Street and Calumet Avenue.
Police will focus on areas near public schools initially, but enforcement will not be limited to students.
"We are encouraging pedestrians to use sidewalks, crosswalks and obey traffic control signals," Hammond Lt. Patrick Vicari, traffic division commander, said in statement. "We are also encouraging motorists to be mindful of our school zones. Watch for pedestrians and our school crossing guards."