MEDFORD, Ore. -- Crossing the street sounds easy. You look both ways, make sure cars aren't coming and you cross but many pedestrians that walk around 4th and Bartlett Street in Medford often say it's like playing dodgeball. They said some drivers don't stop when people are crossing the street.
"I walk more commonly a little further away from here. I know for myself, we have to pay very close attention to if the cars coming or not because even if it is our turn to go sometimes cars are in a hurry. I try to wave and say hello before I go ahead and pass on through," pedestrian Karla Clark said.
The Medford Police Department organized a three hour 'sting' operation hoping to educate drivers about Oregon laws about the pedestrian's right of way. The law says drivers must stop if someone is walking across the driver's lane or the lane right next to it.
“There are incidents where pedestrians get hit because of distracted driving so we're looking for the distracted driving, the speeding, and all those kinds of things," said Medford Police Corporal Tom Venables.
Officers gave out a total of 17 citations: 5 were for failing to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk and another 5 for using a cellphone while driving.
“It kind of goes hand in hand right. So you have people talking on their cell phones and then maybe speeding and then that's what causes them not to come to a stop for the pedestrian in the crosswalk," Venables added.
A ticket for not stopping is $265. Pedestrians and officers hope this sting will get drivers to pay attention to marked and unmarked crosswalks.
"I hope that it gave awareness and that it gives awareness to people trying to walk," Clark added.
The Medford Police Department plans on doing more of these pedestrian safety operations once a month up until September.
Below is the complete list of citations during Monday’s Targeted Pedestrian Safety Operation:
•Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk: 5 citations
•Failure to Carry Proof of Liability Insurance: 1 citation
•Driving While Suspended: 1 citation
•Improper Turn: 1 citation
•Visible Emissions: 1 citation
•No Operators License: 1 citation
•Careless Driving: 1 citation
•Cell Phone: 5 citations
•Failure to Renew Registration: 1 citation
•Warnings: 5 verbal warnings for various traffic infractions