More drivers 'educated' at another Powell Blvd crosswalk
There are still too many traffic accidents on State Highway 26 – S.E. Powell Boulevard, many of them involving pedestrians being struck by vehicles.
With the goal of raising pedestrian safety awareness and Oregon traffic laws, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Bureau (PPB) staged yet another "crosswalk safety education and enforcement action" on Powell Boulevard – this time at 54th Avenue – on Wednesday, March 27
"Under Oregon law, every intersection is a legal crosswalk, whether it is marked or not," reminded PBOT Public Information Officer Dylan Rivera while observing the mission. "People driving must stop, and stay stopped, for people walking – the entire time the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.
"This marked crosswalk, the median island, and signage, are all near a number of pedestrian destinations – including Franklin High School, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, and local businesses."
A PPB Traffic Division sergeant and two officers were watching vehicles as a PBOT employee, the "designated walker" for the day, crossed the street.
"It's good to see most drivers are obeying the law at this crosswalk today," commented PPB Traffic Division Sergeant Ty Engrstrom.
Holding missions like this one ae important to traffic officers, Engrstrom told THE BEE, because they're the ones called on to deal with serious injury and fatal crashes between vehicles and pedestrians. "When it comes to getting hit by a vehicle, the pedestrian will likely face death or serious injury, much more so than those riding in vehicles that crash."
Three citations and three warnings were issued for "Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian" during the 90 minute mission. Officers also wrote three citations to drivers for using cell phones while driving. Other driving infraction warnings were issued as well.
And, six drivers were offered Drivers Safety classes in lieu of a citation.
"More than just writing tickets, this is an awareness campaign to get out and talk to motorists – and educate them about the road safety goals of the city, while helping them improve their driving behaviors," Engrstrom remarked.