(April 25, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Tuesday, April 26 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the unmarked crossing on SE 82nd Ave at SE Cooper St to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.
Education and enforcement actions 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.
The SE 82nd Ave and SE Cooper St crossing has no painted lines at the crosswalk. It does have a pedestrian median island and signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of people walking in the crossing.
Southeast 82nd Ave is one of 10 High Crash Corridors that the transportation bureau has prioritized for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.
Each crosswalk education and enforcement action involves a designated person crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. People driving or bicycling who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and people walking who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. A Portland police officer will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Tuesday’s action.