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Police enforce pedestrian laws in Wood Village

Not stopping for pedestrians at Northeast Glisan Street and 223rd Avenue could result in a fine


Sheriff's deputies in Wood Village will be on alert for drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians crossing the road from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 22, at the intersection of Northeast Glisan Street and Northeast 223rd Avenue.

According to Oregon law, drivers are required to stop for a pedestrian trying to cross in a crosswalk until the pedestrian reaches the sidewalk, or is at least one lane past the lane where the driver has stopped. Failing to stop or passing a car that is stopped at a pedestrian crosswalk is punishable by a fine of $260.

Both pedestrians and drivers will be observed during the enforcement.

The sheriff's office reports that approximately 75 percent of cases in which vehicles hit pedestrians, the accident is due to drivers miscalculating when yielding to a pedestrian crossing the street.

Thursday's mission is the third of five that the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is conducting this summer to raise pedestrian safety awareness.

Oregon is seeing an increase in fatal pedestrian crashes. From 2011 to 2012, such crashes went up about 33 percent, from 46 pedestrian deaths in 2011 to 61 in 2012. Of last year's fatalities, 18 - or nearly 30 percent - took place in Multnomah County.

Update:

Sheriff's deputies stopped 84 vehicles during the mission, said Lt. Steve Alexander, spokesperson for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Of those, police issued 27 warnings and wrote 37 citations for failing to stop for a pedestrian, among a list of other citations.

All drivers were handed an "Oregon Crosswalk Laws" brochure and given directions for attending a "Share the Road" safety class in lieu of a court conviction and fine, Alexander said.




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