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Police To Conduct Pedestrian Safety Detail Today

The Lake Oswego Police Department was again awarded an overtime grant to improve safety for pedestrians.  This is the sixth year in a row that the Lake Oswego police have received this grant and we will once again begin 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 accidents within the City of Lake Oswego.

This is the second of two enforcement events of this grant cycle and it will take place today (August 15, 2014) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the intersection of A Avenue and 5th Street in Lake Oswego.  This intersection has a marked crosswalk and is located in a mixed business and residential area.

Here is how the PSE detail operation works.  A cone is placed in the center of the road, or along the edge of the road.  The cone is measured out to the safe stopping distance of a vehicle traveling at 10 MPH over the posted speed limit with an additional two (2) second perception / reaction time.  In this case the speed limit is posted at 30 MPH, so the safe stopping distance for a vehicle traveling at 20 MPH with an additional 10 MPH and a two (2) second perception / reaction time is 194 feet from the crosswalk.

The pedestrian, who is a police dept. employee, steps off of the sidewalk / curb, and enters the crosswalk, marked or unmarked, prior to the vehicle entering the first cone, which is set 131 feet away.  The vehicle then must stop and remain stopped until the pedestrian is out of the lane and the adjacent lane.  For an example this roadway consists of two lanes, the driver must stop and remain stopped until the pedestrian is safely on the sidewalk and out of the roadway. ORS 811.028(4) states that a pedestrian has entered the roadway “when any part or extension of the pedestrian is crossing the roadway in a crosswalk, including but not limited to any part of the pedestrian’s body, wheelchair, cane, crutch or bicycle [. . .] with the intent to proceed.”

Failure to stop and remained stopped for a pedestrian (ORS 811.028) is a Class B traffic violation and will result in a citation with a base fine of $260. Passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk (ORS 811.020) is also a Class B traffic violation with a base fine of $260. Police officers in plain clothes will be monitoring and recording violations and notifying marked police chase cars when a violation has occurred.

For further information regarding this PSE detail, contact either Officer Denton Veach at 503-635-0240.