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News Advisory: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for SE Holgate Blvd at SE 79 Ave on Wednesday, Nov. 28

(Nov. 26, 2018) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the marked crossing on SE Holgate Boulevard at SE 79th Avenue from noon to 1:30 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. PBOT also reminds Portlanders to drive with care around libraries, schools, and other locations frequented by children and families.

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.

Holgate Boulevard is one of Portland’s 30 designated high crash network streets. This location is adjacent to Holgate Library, has bus stops on both sides of the street, and is within close proximity to Marysville Elementary School.

People driving can do their part by having more patience, driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling, and being ready to stop as needed.

Holgate at 79th Crosswalk Action

SE Holgate Boulevard at SE 79th Avenue. Image by Google.com

Education and enforcement actions such as the Nov. 28 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach achieve, Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

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 PBOT staff member will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Wednesday’s action.

PBOT encourages everyone who uses SE Holgate Boulevard to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. People driving and people walking should remain alert and people driving should watch for people in the crossing.

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 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.

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 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 crossing streets in Oregon (in EnglishEspanol); and view the results of previous actions.

Portland is committed to ending traffic violence in our communities. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets.

For more information about Vision Zero, or to request a community briefing or enforcement action in your area, email VisionZero@portlandoregon.gov or call Matt Ferris-Smith, program specialist, at 503-823-5831.