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Portland, Ore. – Crosswalk Enforcement Actions

Sharon White of the Portland Office of Transportation briefly explains how the city, the community, and police department work together on monthly Crosswalk Enforcement Actions. Those who fail to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian receive a citation for $242! That fine applies not only to drivers, but cyclists and other pedestrians who violate traffic codes.

Even Portland Mayor Tom Potter gets in on the action, volunteering to be a "decoy" during one such event.


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Sharon White: [00:10] I coordinate the crosswalk enforcement actions as a partnership and the whole point of it is is to bring more awareness and education about what the Oregon crosswalk law is. If I go ahead and find a location and where we’ve received community complaints about cars not stopping for pedestrians, we also take into consideration locations that have had pedestrian collisions and also feedback that we get from Portland Police. So once we decide on a location, we go ahead and scope it out and make sure it’s appropriate, see which time period during the day would be best. Usually for a two hour time period I’m a pedestrian decoy and I cross back and forth in a crossing. It’s usually a marked crossing but sometimes we do signalise crossings as well. There’s one police spotter and he tells officers on either side of the street that are tucked away that a certain car or bicyclist or pedestrian has violated the law. Then the police officer pulls over that individual. If it’s a clear violation they’re given a citation. If it was not 100% clear, then they’re given a warning. Here in the City of Portland our citations for not… failure to yield to the pedestrian is a Class B violation and a $242 fine.

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