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Pedestrian safety focus on June 30


The Lake Oswego Police Department will target enforcement of pedestrian laws at crosswalks throughout the city on June 30.

The project was made possible by an overtime grant (which pays overtime for the cost of officers), and this is the sixth year in a row for the LOPD to receive such a grant.

The first of two enforcement events of this grant cycle will take place 8 a.m. to noon June 30 at the intersection of B Avenue and Second Street in Lake Oswego. The intersection has a marked crosswalk and is located in a mixed business and residential area.

The PSE event will work as follows: A cone will be placed in the center of the road, or along the edge of the road, at 131 feet from the crosswalk. This is the safe stopping distance for a vehicle traveling at 10 miles per hour over the posted 20 mph speed limit. The pedestrian, who is a police department employee, will step off of the sidewalk or curb and enter the crosswalk. Drivers must stop and remain stopped until the pedestrian is out of their lane of travel and the adjacent lane. ORS 811.028(4) states that a pedestrian has entered the roadway “when any part or extension of the pedestrian is crossing the roadway in a crosswalk, including but not limited to any part of the pedestrian’s body, wheelchair, cane, crutch or bicycle {...] with the intent to proceed.”

Failure to stop and remained stopped for a pedestrian (ORS 811.028) is a Class B traffic violation and will result in a citation with a base fine of $260. Passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk (ORS 811.020) is also a Class B traffic violation with a base fine of $260.

Police officers in plain clothes will be monitoring and recording violations and notifying marked police chase cars when a violation has occurred.