Oregon has a new crosswalk law! SB 424 clarifies that a pedestrian is crossing the roadway in a crosswalk when any part or extension of pedestrian’s body moves onto roadway with intent to proceed.
The BTA’s Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Mini-Grants program can help Police and Sheriff agencies throughout Oregon improve pedestrian safety by educating community members on Oregon’s crosswalk laws through pedestrian safety enforcement actions.
Twenty-seven agencies participated in the Pedestrian Safety Mini-grant program administered by the BTA in 2011. They conducted 90 operations along with outreach to the community and media.
“The ability to conduct these operations has resulted in a decrease in pedestrian accidents and an increase in pedestrian safety, through both public awareness and enforcement.”
– Sgt. Peter J Roy, Independence Police Department
Applications for the grant are due January 31, 2012. A training will be held on March 12. It is open to all law enforcement officers whether or not they apply for the grant.
About Pedestrian Safety Enforcement operations
ODOT funds enable enforcement agencies throughout the state to stage crosswalk enforcement actions educating motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians on crosswalk laws. In these operations, a decoy police officer attempts to cross a street at an intersection or marked crosswalk. (Crosswalk laws apply to unmarked crosswalks as well.) If passing motorists fail to stop and yield for the pedestrian they are issued either a warning or a citation. The operations include a media outreach component, with the purpose of raising awareness around motorist, cyclist, and pedestrian responsibilities.
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Training Information
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Training will be held on Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Lane County Public Works building in Eugene.
Download a 2012 PSE Training Registration Form
Learn more about current crosswalk law by downloading brochures produced by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Contact BTA Programs Director Stephanie Noll at email@example.com or (503) 226-0676 x23.