News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK SAFETY CAMPAIGN
Posted: July 2nd, 2012 5:12 PM
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The Salem Police Department traffic unit conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement campaign on Wednesday June 27, 2012. The project was conducted from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm at 17th St. SE and Mill St. SE, 17th St. NE and Chemeketa St. NE and 17th St. NE and Nebraska St. NE. During the six-hour campaign, fifty-two citations were issued for failing to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian, five citations were issued for failing to properly use a seat belt, two citations were issued for driving with no insurance and two citations were issued for operating a motor vehicle without valid driving privileges.
The campaign utilized an undercover police officer who crossed the street while a video camera recorded any violations. Traffic cones were also placed prior to the crosswalk, at a known distance, to allow a vehicle traveling up to ten miles per hour over the speed limit to safely stop prior to the crosswalk. During the enforcement project the undercover officer crossed 17th St. multiple times at the above listed locations. Two of the three locations were at intersections with unmarked crosswalks.
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 on Wednesday, June 27.
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 will be one of several campaigns to be conducted by the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.
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