Hubbard eyes pedestrian safety
Dozens of warnings, a couple of citations and one arrest unfolded as Hubbard Police conducted a Pedestrian Safety Operation during the afternoon and early evening Tuesday, June 30.
HPD Sgt. Christopher Anderson noted that the primary focus of the operation, which took place near the post office, was to raise pedestrian safety awareness through the use of a decoy pedestrian. The operation was funded through a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
"The Hubbard Police Department hopes to raise awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws," Anderson noted.
Police posted warning signs the day before and the day of the pedestrian patrol to alert drivers. In all, 28 drivers were stopped. Each driver contacted was provided an Oregon Crosswalk Law pamphlet in either English or Spanish.
Two citations were handed out for driving while suspended; one was a DWS felony and resulted in an arrest. There were 27 pedestrian-safety warnings and 14 other warnings issued in the span of four hours.
HPD stressed that motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross or are crossing the roadway. Motorists also are required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in an adjacent lane of travel.
"The members of your Hubbard Police Department are dedicated to enhancing the safety of both the citizens and guests of the city," Anderson said.
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