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Police, city officials plan SE 82nd Ave. crosswalk enforcement

If you’re driving near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Cooper Street next week, watch for pedestrians crossing the street. They could be traffic safety decoys.

Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and the police bureau will do a crosswalk enforcement action from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the unmarked crosswalk of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Cooper Street to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Under Oregon law, every intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked. Drivers must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians when the pedestrian is in the motor lane or the adjacent lane.

The 82nd Avenue and Cooper Street crossing has no painted lines at the crosswalk. It has a pedestrian median island and signs to alert drivers to the possible presence of pedestrians in the crossing. Southeast 82nd Avenue is one of 10 high-crash corridors in the city that the transportation bureau has proposed for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.

During the crosswalk action, a person will cross the street while police monitor drivers and others follow traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws could be issued a warning or a citation.

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