Mount Angel police to enforce pedestrian safety
The United States saw 6,590 pedestrian fatalities in 2019 a 5% increase over the previous year. The Mount Angel Police Department is looking to do their part in educating local residents on pedestrian safety and right-of-way to help reduce those numbers.
MAPD will conduct a three-hour long operation on Tuesday June 1 at cross walks on East College Street, North Main Street and South Main Street as part of a a public awareness and enforcement program to educate and encourage members of the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking, and cycling throughout the city.
"The goal of Pedestrian Crosswalk Operations or PSE's (Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations) is to improve traffic safety for everyone in the community while educating motorists and pedestrians alike," stated MAPD officer George Lopez in a press release. "When approaching a crosswalk where pedestrians are present, drivers must yield the right-of-way and remain stopped until it is safe to proceed as outlined in ORS 811.028 (Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for Pedestrian)."
For this operation, officers dressed in plain clothes will cross the street while uniformed officers monitor the crosswalk for motorists and pedestrians who fail to yield the right-of-way, or who take unsafe and illegal actions. Drivers and pedestrians stopped during this safety operation will be issued warnings or citations.
Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right-of-way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. Police departments across the state take enforcement action in response to community requests and as a tool to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings and they are conducted at various times throughout the year.
"This operation will serve as a reminder of this responsibility and we expect that voluntary compliance will be improved as a result," Lopez stated. "As is the case with any other traffic law, it is easy to avoid a ticket by simply yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk."
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