|A crosswalk reminder at an unmarked crosswalk|
in an area of Salem without sidewalks
|"Pedestrian sting" is probably not the best description|
for a crosswalk safety enforcement and education project
|And a well-timed LTE today on the same topic|
Also, the Police discusses the compliance rate as a matter of knowledge of the laws. But it may also, may even instead, be a matter of our autoism: The cultural bias for car travel and the belief that people on foot need to stay out of the way. It's a matter of power, not just knowledge.
In a separate release, the Police shared their monthly traffic summary:
As an agency during the month of May, Salem Police officers arrested 52 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, issued 144 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 66 citations for driving without a seatbelt, and issued another 1521 citations and warnings for various other offenses.
(Here's an updating summary, and month after month, there are several tens of DUI and Suspended License, and 1000 or so other citations and warnings. Every month. And that doesn't account for speed studies, which as we saw at Commercial and Vista should result in over 4000 speeding citations each day! The Police interact with only a very small proportion of speeding and other infractions. Lawless and potentially lethal motoring is a much bigger problem than bicyclists behaving badly.)