LAKE OSWEGO – On Friday, June 28, 2013, between 8 am and 12 pm, the Lake Oswego Police Department will be conducting a pedestrian safety detail on B Avenue at First Street. There will be a pedestrian periodically walking through the crosswalk at the intersection to see if drivers will respond as they are required to.
This operation was made possible through grant funds the police department was awarded to fund enforcement operations that help improve safety for pedestrians. This is the sixth year that the department has been awarded this grant and it will be used for targeted enforcement at crosswalks throughout the city. The primary focus of this program is to raise the awareness of pedestrian safety issues and to reduce the number of auto / pedestrian crashes within the City of Lake Oswego.
Drivers are reminded that, when a pedestrian has entered a crosswalk (marked or un-marked), they are required to stop and remain stopped until the pedestrian is out of their lane and the adjacent lane. In this location, the roadway only has two lanes so the driver would need to wait until the pedestrian is safely on the sidewalk and out of the roadway. It is also unlawful to pass a vehicle that is stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Drivers who fail to follow these guidelines will be issued citations with a base fine of $260.