Police target Halsey Street for pedestrian safety mission
In Oregon, every intersection is a crosswalk, whether it's marked with paint or not.
Keep that info in mind if you're planning on driving on Northeast Halsey Street near Southeast 202nd Avenue in Fairview on Thursday, August 10.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is conducting a pedestrian safety mission at that time, with funding provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
About 25 percent of pedestrians who are hit by vehicles are struck while walking in a crosswalk, according to a news release.
Here are some other tips from police that can help keep everyone safe.
• Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. (A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing.)
• When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don't block visibility to a driver in a second lane.
• When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
• Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.
• Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be alert for children who may suddenly dart into the street. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.
* Around taverns and bars, be alert for people with slowed reaction times or impaired judgment.
* Be alert for people or animals during low-light conditions, especially in areas where they are likely to cross the road, or you might not see them until it is too late to stop.