MEDFORD, Ore. — A second crosswalk stakeout this year from the Medford Police Department (MPD) yielded 18 total citations, according to an MPD statement. These "Targeted Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations" are aimed at catching drivers violating traffic laws that protect pedestrians.
MPD announced the operation to the public on June 6. Officers were watching the intersection at W Main Street and N Ivy Street for three hours on Monday June 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Despite the warning and the relatively short duration, Medford drivers kept the MPD officers busy.
These operations employ the use of a "decoy pedestrian," according to MPD—presumably meaning that the pedestrians in the crosswalk are associated with the police.
Here is the full list of citations as reported by MPD:
• Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk: 3 citations
• Passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk: 1 citation
• Failure to carry proof of liability insurance: 1 citation
• Driving while suspended: 1 citation
• Unreasonable sound amplification: 1 citation
• Cellphone: 2 citations
• No seatbelt: 9 citations
• Verbal warnings/misc other traffic infractions: 3
According to MPD, funding and guidelines for these operations is provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The purpose, according to MPD, is to raise awareness for pedestrian safety laws through education and enforcement.