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.

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