Crosswalk crackdown coming


The Madras Police Department will crack down on motorists who fail to honor crosswalks with pedestrian safety operations Sept. 14 and 15.

The operations will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 14, at the intersection of B and Seventh streets, and Sept. 15, at the intersection of Fourth and G streets.

During the operation, traffic officers will be posted to ensure that drivers stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks.

According to Oregon law, drivers are required to stop for a pedestrian trying to cross in a crosswalk until the pedestrian reaches the sidewalk, or is at least one lane past the lane where the driver stopped. Failing to stop or remain stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk is a Class B traffic infraction, punishable by a fine of $260.

A grant from Oregon Walks and the Oregon Department of Transportation pays for the police officers' wages when working in a pedestrian safety operation.