Florence Police to conduct pedestrian enforcement operation


Sept. 1, 2018 — The Florence Police Department will conduct a Pedestrian Enforcement Operation at Ninth and Kingwood streets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

It will be canceled if it is raining. Under Oregon law, a crosswalk exists at any public street intersection, whether marked with paint or unmarked. Crosswalks also exist between intersections (mid-block) where indicated with white paint.

At a traffic signal, drivers must:

• Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which the driver is traveling and the adjacent lane.

• Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which the driver’s vehicle is turning and at least six feet of the adjacent lane.

At any other crosswalk — those without a signal — drivers must:

• Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which the driver is traveling and the adjacent lane.

• Stop and remain stopped for students crossing (or about to cross) a street under the direction of a crossing guard.

• Stop and remain stopped for a blind or blind and deaf pedestrian using a cane or a guide dog, until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway.

A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing.

Don't pass until you know what is going on. In fact, it is not only unsafe but also illegal in Oregon to pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk for a pedestrian.

Giving pedestrians more space and slowing down in their presence can save lives. Pedestrians struck by vehicles at 40 mph have an 85 percent chance of dying in the collision.

That death rate drops to 15 percent at 20 mph.


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