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Still, it's good to see a focus on making the streets safe for people on foot and educating drivers about the crosswalk law.
From the release:The Traffic Control Unit conducting a ped crosswalk safety campaign next week + video-recording the violations: http://t.co/Kj4v4TKPSb— Salem Police Dept. (@salem_police) September 11, 2015
With children returning to school and daylight hours getting shorter, pedestrian safety issues become even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the City next week.During a similar project at the beginning of June Police documented lots of jay driving:
The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.
Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.
Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.
This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.
On June 8, the Salem Police Department conducted a Pedestrian Enforcement Project in NE Salem from 0730-1330. During that six hour period, 97 citations and warnings were issued. Of those citations and warnings, 65 were for failing to yield to a pedestrian in marked crosswalks.Update, Monday the 14th:
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit conducted this pedestrian safety project today near the intersection of Summer St NE and Hood St NE earlier today. This location is in close proximity to Grant Community School as well as the Boys and Girls Club. This location was also chosen due to complaints received and also due to its proximity of a fatal pedestrian/vehicle crash earlier this year.
During the project, officers stopped 66 vehicles and cited 63 of those drivers for Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped For a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk. There were 30 other citations issued for various other violations such as Driving While Suspended, using a cellular phone while driving and no insurance. There was also one person arrested on an unrelated warrant.