MPD Targets Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Death In Ashland MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police conducted a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement on Friday to help raise awareness.

Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Police set up at the intersection of Table Rock Road and Mace Road and the operation targeted drivers who failed to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in an unmarked crosswalk. Using funding from ODOT, MPD conducted the enforcement to raise awareness of Oregon’s pedestrian right of way laws.

The Oregon DMV Driving Manual states that there is a crosswalk at every intersection, regardless if it is marked by painted lines. As stated in the 2014-15 Oregon Driver’s Manual (Page 79): “To Determine where an unmarked crosswalk is, imagine that the sidewalk or shoulder at the corner extends across the road and meets the sidewalk or shoulder on the other side of the road.”

At intersections not controlled by traffic lights, Oregon law states that a driver must stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk that is in their lane or the adjacent lane. If a traffic light is present at an intersection, the same rules apply, however the driver must yield to a pedestrian who is six feet away from the adjacent lane. Drivers may also not pass any vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk to let a pedestrian cross. Violations of these laws carries a $260 fine.

Some questions have been raised as to why some existing crosswalks are faded and no longer being painted by the city. Research has shown that some pedestrians get a false sense of security with painted crosswalks, and therefore use less caution. Because of this, the city is letting all midblock crosswalks to fade unless they are accompanied by a “positive control.” An example of a “positive control” would be a traffic signal, rectangular flashing beacon, school zone, etc.

From the Enforcement today, the Medford Police issued 3 citations and 32 warnings to motorists who failed to stop and remain stopped at a crosswalk with a pedestrian.