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Street Squad - Crosswalk outside Crowley Courts Building

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What has eight lanes and a bunch of people risking their lives on it every day?

It's the riverfront crosswalk outside the Crowley Courts Building in Dallas.

FOX 4's Street Squad got a lot of complaints about cars not stopping for pedestrians there. We found those complaints valid, and decided to bring it to the attention of Dallas County Sherriff Lupe Valdez.

We had Valdez herself walk the walk.

"If you step out, they'll stop," said Sherriff Lupe Valdez beforehand.

At least, that's what she thought.

Valdez is responsible for getting the crosswalk installed in front of the building, which also houses her office.

"The reason I asked for this is because someone had been hit before," said Valdez.  

That person was hit despite the fact that the crosswalk is clearly marked on the street with signs and even barricades.

While FOX 4 was at the intersection with Valdez, nine cars in all blew right through the crosswalk, even with the highest ranking law enforcement officer in Dallas County trying to cross.

"This was a deadly situation here, and this deterred it a little, but obviously, not enough," said Valdez.

Eventually, some drivers stopped as the sheriff boldly braved the crosswalk.

Sherriff Valdez now vows to do more.

"We tried to do something to help the folks not get injured, and it's not being obeyed, and we're going to have to go a step further," she said. "We're going to have to enforce it happening. So, if you're coming through here, you'll never know when we'll actually be out here enforcing it because it's very clear that we have to do that."

Need help with your traffic problems?

Call James Rose at 214-468-7432.

The best way to get the Street Squad's attention is to take video or photos of your traffic problem, then click here and fill out the necessary information.

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