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(Sept. 3, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.
Transportation Director Leah Treat will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during the second half of the action and Sharon White, Portland Bureau of Transportation staff member, will serve as the designated pedestrian during the first half of the action.
Near the front entrance to Vernon Elementary School, the site of Friday’s enforcement action is heavily used by families walking or biking to school and to Alberta Park.
“With the start of school, it’s more important than ever for everyone to look out for children crossing our streets,” Treat said. “As a mother of four, I know how important it is for people to slow down when driving near schools. As transportation director, I’m proud of our partnership with police, schools and neighborhoods to spread the word about traffic safety.”
To ensure student safety and increase awareness of the start of the school year, the Portland Police Bureau is conducting high visibility patrols around all Portland schools as part of a "Back to School" safety campaign.
As part of this campaign, the Portland Police Bureau has released this short video with a friendly reminder that "20 is Plenty" in school zones: http://youtu.be/_llfG13Yo0I
The Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division, Traffic Division, Transit Police Division, Central Precinct, North Precinct, East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team personnel will be providing a highly visible police presence in and around schools in the Parkrose, Reynolds, Riverdale, David Douglas, Centennial, and Portland Public School Districts.
In addition, the bureaus offer these safety tips:
• If you're driving, obey the 20 mph speed limit in school zones
• Be vigilant and courteous to children crossing the street.
• If you're a parent, consider walking or biking to school with your students where possible to reduce congestion, improve safety and provide young people with needed physical activity.
For more information on the Portland Safe Routes to School program visit http://www.saferoutesportland.org
Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians 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.
The NE Killingsworth at NE 22nd Avenue crossing has a marked school crossing across Killingsworth, along with signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of pedestrians in the crossing.
Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do 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.
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