The Portland Police Bureau and PBOT are partnering on a crosswalk enforcement action at the marked crossing on NE Sandy Blvd at NE 85th Ave on Wednesday, January 23, from 12:30-2:00pm. This crosswalk has ladder bar style pavement markings and signage. Nearby TriMet bus stops and The Heights at Columbia Knoll retirement facility generate a lot of pedestrian traffic.
A crosswalk enforcement action includes one or more pedestrian decoys strategically positioned at locations that have marked or unmarked crosswalks and a fair amount of pedestrian activity. Drivers that fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk can be issued a warning or given an approximately $260 citation. Pedestrians that jaywalk can also receive a warning or citation. Crosswalk enforcements are typically conducted monthly.
The 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." Drivers must stop and remain stopped until pedestrians crossing the street clear the driver’s lane plus the lane before and the lane after the driver’s lane. When making a turn at a traffic controlled intersection, motorists are required to stop while the pedestrian is in the driver's lane plus 6 feet. In addition, motorists are required to stop curb to curb for a blind person with a seeing eye dog or white cane.