With summer coming to an end and children returning to school, pedestrian safety issues become even more important. School zones will be active soon and crossing guards will be working to help children arrive safely at school and return home safely. As a result, the Salem Police Department Traffic Team will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns in Salem.
The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the city, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.
Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver’s vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver’s vehicle is traveling.
Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, 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 for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are Class B violations and carry a fine of up to $265.00.
This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.