BEND, ore. -

The City of Bend Police Department will conduct a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Wednesday July 24, 2013, between the hours of 10:30am to 2:30pm at the intersection of SE 15th Street and SE Riviera Drive.  

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 6 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 pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which the driver’s vehicle is turning 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.

Failing to stop or remain stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk is a Class B traffic violation punishable by a fine of $260.  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.