Do you know Oregon's crosswalk law and the special protection afforded white cane users?
(October 12, 2015) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Traffic Division have scheduled a crosswalk education and enforcement action in October in coordination with White Cane Safety Day. This action will take place on Thursday, October 15, 11AM – 12:30PM at the marked crossing on SE Belmont and SE 46th Ave in front of the SE Multicultural Service Center. Commissioner Steve Novick will be the designated pedestrian for a portion of the enforcement action.
White Cane Safety Day has been observed nationally each October since 1964. The day is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired as well as the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.
What are crosswalk education and enforcement actions? PBOT conducts crosswalk education and enforcement actions approximately once each month. These actions include one or more designated pedestrians positioned at locations with marked or unmarked crosswalks and significant pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Drivers failing to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians that jaywalk can receive warnings or citations. The purpose of each crosswalk education and enforcement action is to educate community members about Oregon crosswalk laws and to enforce the law.
Oregon crosswalk law (ORS 811.028) states that “Motorists are required to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in a marked or unmarked crosswalk when the pedestrian is in the motorist’s lane or the adjacent lane.” In addition, motorists are required to stop curb to curb for a person who is blind or blind and deaf, who is carrying a white cane or accompanied by a dog guide, and is crossing or about to cross a roadway (ORS 811.035). Read the Oregon Department of Transportation brochure What You Need to Know About Oregon Crosswalk Laws by clicking here.
To see a list of the crosswalk education and enforcement actions that PBOT and the Portland Police have conducted since August 2005 see Pedestrian Crosswalk Education and Enforcement Actions 2005 – Present.