The City of Bend Police Department is dedicated to enhancing the safety of its citizens and will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Detail on Wednesday, June 26. The operation will be at the intersections of NW Galveston Avenue and 12th Street.
The primary focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws. The detail will be conducted between the hours of 8:00am through 11:00pm; warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone.
In 2012, there were 61 pedestrian fatalities in Oregon, versus 46 from 2011. Approximately 75% of motor vehicle – pedestrian car crashes are due to driver miscalculations when yielding to a pedestrian crossing the street.
Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or are crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane adjacent to the lane they are traveling in.
Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028 Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers and ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.
Please help make the pedestrian safety awareness campaign successful by spreading awareness of pedestrian rights.
Funding for this PSE is made possible through a grant from Oregon Walks and Oregon Department of Transportation. For additional information, please contact Lieutenant Chris Carney at the Bend Police Department at 541-322-2978.