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Madras Police Department will be extra vigilant for impaired drivers during holiday.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The Madras Police Department will be conducting DUI and pedestrian safety patrols from now through Sept. 3.Over the next few weeks, the Madras Police Department will be conducting random patrols for driving under the influence of intoxicants for the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

"The patrols are part of a grant that Madras police was awarded to help us focus extra manpower for enforcing DUIIs and keeping the community safe," said Sgt. Mel Brown.

Those patrols, concentrating on drivers who are under the influence of intoxicants, will extend from Aug. 14 through Sept. 3.

Also during August, the MPD will be continuing to conduct a pedestrian safety operation in the downtown area.

Brown reminded 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."

Pedestrians should also always use caution when crossing the roadway, and make sure that it's safe to cross.

"Together with the public's support, the police department strives to make Madras a pedestrian-safe environment for all," said Brown.

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


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