Police to begin crosswalk enforcement across salem


Salem police plan to conduct pedestrian crosswalk enforcement campaigns this summer to address street safety through education and enforcement.

Lt. Dave Okada, a spokesman for the Salem Police Department, said the efforts will use plain clothes officers who will cross streets at crosswalks throughout Salem. Video cameras will record violations, and officers will immediately speak with the violating drivers, offering them the opportunity to view the violation on video and writing citations when needed.

Because of the grant money involved, Okada could not say specifically when the campaigns would begin or where they would take place.

According to state law, drivers must stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian when the pedestrian is “proceeding in accordance with a traffic control device,” whether in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. In Oregon, every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk.

Additionally, drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane, or in an adjacent lane, in which the driver’s vehicle is traveling.

In a recent news release, Okada clarified that marked crosswalks can be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. A vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.

The Salem Police Department is working on the campaigns in partnership with Oregon Impact, a nonprofit based in Gladstone that provides educational experiences to end impaired and distracted driving.

The campaigns have been successful in lowering the number of violations in the past.

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Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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