Monday, June 12, 2017

WATCH OUT! Pedestrian Safety Enforcement in Gresham


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: June 12th, 2017 4:48 AM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- The Gresham Police Department will conduct a pedestrian safety operation on June 13 at NE 181st Ave., between NE Glisan St. and NE Halsey St. Hoping to educate pedestrians as well as drivers, this mission will focus on pedestrian-related violations. The operation has a two-pronged approach: education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws.

The operation will be conducted between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., with warning signs posted prior to entering the focused enforcement area. Since pedestrian safety education is vital to keeping our roads safe, officers are hoping to raise awareness and reduce the number of pedestrian-related crashes.

Pedestrians must use marked crosswalks whenever possible and motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or who are already crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane next to the lane they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028, failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety operation is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon's Department of Transportation. Additional operations will be scheduled during the summer and in September as the school year begins.
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