Date: September 8, 2017
Contact: Corporal Tom Venables
“Your Police-Our Community”
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Targeted Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Results
DATE/TIME: Friday, September 8th from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Table Rock Rd. and Midway Rd., Medford, OR
On Friday, September 8th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the Medford Police Department conducted a “Targeted Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation” at marked crosswalk located at Table Rock Rd. and Midway Rd. The three hour operation focused on drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Awareness is raised through education on pedestrian right of way laws and use of a decoy pedestrian operation within the city.
Using funding and guidelines from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Medford Police Department is striving to raise awareness through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws.
In intersections not controlled by electronic traffic control devices, Oregon law requires that a driver must stop and remain stopped if a pedestrian is walking in your lane of traffic or the adjacent lane. If a pedestrian is crossing in a crosswalk at a traffic light, then you must stop if the pedestrian is within your lane or six feet of the adjacent lane. Oregon law also prohibits passing a stopped vehicle at a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, if the vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway. Violations of these laws carry a base fine of $260.
During this operation, the following enforcement action was taken:
· Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk: 5 citations
· Failure to use Seatbelt: 2 citations
· Failure to Carry Proof of Liability Insurance: 1 citation
· Failure to Renew Registration: 1 citation
· Driving While Suspended: 2 citations
· Operating a Cell Phone: 3 citations
· Violation of Posted Speed Limit: 2 citations
· Various other traffic violations: 4 warnings
For further information regarding the Targeted Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation, contact Corporal Tom Venables, Medford Police Department Special Services Section at 541-774-2094.