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Madras police conduct pedestrian safety operation through month of August.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The Madras Police Department will be enforcing pedestrian safety through the month of August.During the month of August, the Madras Police Department will be conducting a pedestrian safety operation in the downtown area.

The police department reminds all drivers that Oregon recognizes every intersection as a crosswalk, whether or not is is marked.

Under Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS 801.220), a crosswalk is defined as "any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere that is distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface of the roadway that conform in design to the standards established for crosswalks."

If there is no marked crosswalk, no sidewalk or no shoulder, "a crosswalk is the portion of the roadway at an intersection, measuring not less than 6 feet in width, that would be included within the prolongation of the lateral lines of the sidewalk, shoulder or both on the opposite side of the street or highway if there were a sidewalk."

In addition to the reminder to drivers, the police department reminds pedestrians to always use caution when crossing the roadway, and make sure that it's safe to cross. The department strives to make Madras a pedestrian-safe environment for all.

Grants from Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation are used to fund officer wages during the safety operations.

Police conducted a pedestrian safety operation during the month of July. During the enforcement, the operation resulted in more than 19 traffic enforcement actions.

A grant from ODOT paid for police officers' wages during the pedestrian safety operation.

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