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Tualatin Police launch operation to enforce crosswalk laws

Officers to pull over drivers who violate pedestrian crossing statutes in Boones Ferry, Siletz area

The Tualatin Police Department will be running a “pedestrian safety enforcement” operation Tuesday, in which they will be stopping vehicles that do not follow Oregon crosswalk laws, the department announced Monday afternoon.

State law requires that drivers stop for pedestrians when they are in their vehicle's lane or an adjacent lane, whether the vehicle is traveling in or turning into the lane, or when they are less than six feet from the lane into which the vehicle is turning.

A statement from the police department said the operation's goal is “to raise awareness of the pedestrian safety issues and to reduce the number of auto/pedestrian crashes within the city of Tualatin.”

The operation is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the area of Southwest Boones Ferry and Southwest Siletz Drive.

Police will be advising drivers they pull over of the crosswalk laws, according to the statement. They may also issue citations for violations.

Pedestrians are advised to use marked crossings, follow walk and don't-walk signals, and be aware of traffic where they are walking.