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News Advisory: Director Leah Treat to serve as pedestrian decoy Wednesday at SE Division Street and 142nd crosswalk enforcement action

(May 5, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, May 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety andOregontraffic laws.

Transportation Director Leah Treat will serve as a pedestrian decoy during the action, planned to take place at the marked mid-block crossing of SE Division Street between SE 142nd and 143rd avenues. 

Wednesday’s crosswalk enforcement action is one of several ongoing safety programs that the Transportation Bureau is implementing inEast Portland. In addition to education and enforcement, a flashing pedestrian light, otherwise known as rapid flash beacon, is planned for installation in 2015 at this location and six other crosswalks along SE Division Street east of I-205. 

“Safety is our top priority and crosswalk enforcement actions are an important tool to reinforce safe travel,” Treat said. “Whether we are driving, walking, or riding a bike, we need to do everything we can to help ensure the safety of all Portlanders.”

Treat specifically said: “When driving, slow down, continuously scan your environment and watch for pedestrians. Be prepared to stop as needed. When walking, look before crossing and continue to look as you cross to make sure the driver in the adjacent lane has stopped for you before you enter the next lane of traffic.”

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus conduct enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a pedestrian decoy positioned at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation.

The mid-block crossing of SE Division Street between SE 142nd Avenue and 143rd Avenuehas a marked crosswalk and a pedestrian median island where people can safely wait for traffic to stop.SE Division Streetitself is a busy multi-lane street with high vehicle speeds.  Between 2008 and 2012, there have been two crashes involving three pedestrians at or near this location and six rear-end crashes that resulted from cars stopping for pedestrians while following vehicles did not. 

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390 and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879

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