Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Salem Police Announce Summer Crosswalk Campaign

Yesterday's note about the OTC wasn't very interesting, it how about crosswalk education and enforcement campaigns! 

ODOT earlier in May: People on foot at increasing risk
from distracted drivers
From the City:
Salem Police Department To Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign - 06/03/14

As the weather becomes warmer and days become longer, we typically see more pedestrians out and about at various times of the day and night, and 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 during the summer months.
Police conducting crosswalk safety enforcement
at 17th and Nebraska
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.
Remember, bikes are vehicles, too! You gotta stop for people on foot.

I hope they also do some enforcement on busy roads with unmarked crosswalks. 

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