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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<p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Sharon White:</i>
[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.</font> <br></p>
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