A plain clothes Portland Police officer participates in a crosswalk education and enforcement action at a busy crossing of SE 82nd Avenue April 26, 2016. Photo by Dylan Rivera/Portland Bureau of Transportation.
(April 27, 2016) – Portland Police wrote 36 citations and 8 warnings for traffic violations at a crosswalk education and enforcement action on SE 82nd Avenue on Tuesday, part of a joint effort by the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Bureau of Transportation to reach the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
Education and enforcement actions such as the Tuesday event are an effective way of educating the public about steps everyone can take to prevent crashes when driving, walking or biking.
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. People walking should make sure oncoming traffic has adequate stopping distance and make sure vehicles have stopped before they enter a travel lane.
For Tuesday’s event, a plain clothes Portland Police officer served as the designated pedestrian, crossing at the crosswalk while officers from the East Precinct and Traffic Division monitoring compliance and writing citations and warnings for violations of traffic safety laws. Signs warning of additional enforcement are placed beside the roadway in advance of the crosswalk.
Results of the April 26 education and enforcement action include:
Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian-27
Passing a stopped vehicle at a marked crosswalk-1
No Operators License-1
Driving While (License) Suspended-3
Failure to Carry Proof of Insurance-1
Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian-8
For low-resolution images of the event, see PBOT’s Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pbotinfo/albums/72157667601123736
Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian (ORS 811.028) and passing a stopped vehicle at a marked crosswalk (ORS 811.020) are both Class B traffic violations, with a fine amount of $260. For certain violations, people are given the option of attending the Share the Road Safety Class in lieu of paying the citation.
Southeast 82nd Avenue is one of 10 High Crash Corridors that the transportation bureau has prioritized for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.
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