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Future home of OCPD station, End of Oregon Trail host police officers serving as pedestrian decoys

Oregon City police used a pedestrian decoy to stop 22 drivers in front of the future home of the police department at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School and stopped another 24 drivers near the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

On Aug. 10, OCPD's safety operation caught seven drivers who failed to stop or remain stopped for a pedestrian at the intersection of Linn Avenue and Williams Street. On Aug. 27, police said eight more drivers failed to stop for the pedestrian decoy along the 1700 block of Washington Street.

On Aug. 10, seven additional citations were issued for driving while using a mobile communication device, one for failure to wear a seatbelt, two citations for driving with a suspended driver's license, and one citation for an equipment violation. Ten warnings were given during the operation.

On Aug. 27 violations included four citations issued for driving while using a mobile communication device, one for no insurance, one for driving with a suspended driver's license and four for not wearing a seatbelt. Six warnings were given during this operation.

This intersections were specifically selected for the pedestrian safety operation due to heavy foot traffic along Linn Avenue and Washington Street. OCPD's second and third pedestrian safety enforcement operations for 2018 were funded by a grant from Oregon Impact.

While one police officier served as a pedestrian decoy during the stings, another OCPD officer observed traffic violations occurring and radioed awaiting officers to make the stop.

OCPD Capt. Shaun Davis said the primary focus of the operations was to educate drivers and help raise awareness of the pedestrian right-of-way laws.

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