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Busting jaywalkers doesn’t require an elaborate sting operation—or much of any operation at all: At the beginning of the June 22 rush hour, two D.C. police officers stood in full uniform on the corner of 16th and L Streets NW and simply handed out citations to pedestrians who crossed toward them against the light. “My driving record is terrible,” says Scott Tripp, who received a list of safety tips and a $10 fine after darting across four lanes of traffic, “but I never thought I’d get a ticket walking down the road.” Roughly 700 such citations were issued last week alone as part of the Street Smart Initiative, a regional program to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. Lt. Byron Hope, the D.C. police traffic-safety head, says the program is intended to reduce pedestrian injuries. “[W]hen people get a ticket, they learn,” he says. Tripp, for one, has learned his lesson: “I’ll look for the police before the next time I do it.”