MEDFORD, Ore. — Officers from the Medford Police Department will be staking out the intersection of Jackson Street and N Keene Way Drive on Friday, with a focus on drivers who fail to yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk. The operation runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MPD said that the "Targeted Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation” is intended to raise awareness of pedestrian safety by enforcing right-of-way laws, using a decoy pedestrian at the chosen location. This applies to both marked and unmarked crosswalks — and the intersection of Jackson and N Keen Way has each.
Violations of pedestrian right-of-way laws at both kinds of crosswalks carry a presumptive fine of $265.
"Drivers should be reminded there is a crosswalk at every intersection, regardless if it is marked or unmarked," MPD said.
This intersection is also within a designated school zone, where speeds are posted at 20 miles per-hour. Fines double within a school zone.
"Drivers are reminded of the Oregon laws that require a driver must stop and remain stopped if a pedestrian is walking in your lane of traffic or the lane adjacent, remembering this applies on single and multi-lane roadways," MPD concluded. "Oregon law also prohibits passing a stopped vehicle at a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection if the vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway."