FORT LEE - Fort Lee police are cracking down on jaywalkers, citing a sharp increase in pedestrian accidents.

Police Chief Thomas Ripoli says 20 pedestrians have already been hit by cars this year, resulting in three fatalities.

He says pedestrians are distracted by cell phones, iPods and other electronic devices, and are not paying enough attention to crosswalks and traffic lights.

After a failed public awareness campaign, Fort Lee police are now under orders to give tickets worth $85 to anyone caught jaywalking.