Greg Manning, who lives on SW Capitol Highway, has been working on traffic safety issues in SW Portland for many years and recently requested additional police enforcement to make the public aware of the need to slow down and stop for pedestrians. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.
(May 27, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau announced the results of a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action that took place today from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the marked crossing on SW Capitol Highway at SW Miles Street to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.
Education and enforcement actions such as the May 27 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked. People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.
Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian - 25
Speeding - 13
Cell phone - 6
Failure to obey a traffic control device - 1
Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian - 4
No operator’s license - 1
This location was chosen at the request of the community, which has been active in educating and encouraging drivers to be alert, aware and slow down. The crossing is heavily used by school children and transit riders - a pre-school is on one corner and the crossing also supports two TriMet stops and is close to a public school bus pickup and drop off location on SW Miles.
Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing 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 fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. A Portland police officer served as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Friday’s action.
PBOT encourages everyone who uses SW Capitol Highway to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. People driving and people walking should remain alert and watch for people in the crossing and drivers who may be turning onto or from SW Miles Street.
Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year 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.
Learn more about rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street. View the results of previous actions. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025. www.visionzeroportland.com.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation