Marion County Traffic Safety Team Planning Pedestrian Safety Campaign on Friday

Posted on June 2, 2021

Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office – 06/02/21 12:33 PM

On Friday, June 4th, 2021, our Traffic Safety Team will be conducting a pedestrian safety enforcement operation in the Hayesville – Jan Ree neighborhood from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The four hour pedestrian safety enforcement operation will focus on motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

In 2018, the State of Oregon had 79 pedestrian fatalities, six of those occurred in Marion County.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is committed to preventing these tragic deaths by embracing the three E’s of traffic safety: Education, Enforcement, and Engineering.  The Sheriff’s Office is conducting this public awareness and enforcement program to help educate drivers and encourage members of the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking, and cycling in Marion County.

During the four hour operation, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting enforcement at marked crosswalks which are heavily traveled.  Deputies dressed in plain clothes will cross the street while uniformed deputies monitor the crosswalk for motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way, or who are engaged in unsafe driving behaviors.  Drivers stopped during this pedestrian safety enforcement operation will be issued written warnings or citations.

At the center of this pedestrian safety enforcement operation is community education.  On Thursday, the day before the operation, deputies will be putting signs out near the intersections of Ward Drive NE and Harlen Drive NE as well as on Hayesville Drive NE at 49th Avenue NE where the focus of the operation is planned to occur to help raise driver awareness about the pedestrian safety campaign scheduled for Friday, June 4th.

To learn more about how you can help reduce pedestrian fatalities in Oregon, please visit OregonImpact.org.

 

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