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Pedestrian Safety A Focus In Independence

INDEPENDENCE -- The Independence Police Department will conduct the first in a series of four pedestrian safety operations on Friday, May 29.

INDEPENDENCE -- The Independence Police Department will conduct the first in a series of four pedestrian safety operations on Friday, May 29.

From noon to 4 p.m., the department will work the intersection of Monmouth and 7th Street and Polk and Main Street in the city.

Independence is one of 24 law enforcement offices in Oregon that have been awarded part of more than $86,000 in overtime grants to improve safety for pedestrians. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance and the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition will work with the Oregon Department of Transportation to administer the program.

The grants enable agencies to highlight the importance of pedestrian safety through crosswalk enforcements.

Oregon law requires drivers to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk -- both marked and unmarked. The motorist must remain stopped until the pedestrian has cleared the lane in which they are traveling (or into which you are turning) and the adjacent lane. Oregon law also prohibits drivers from passing another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.

Violation of Oregon's pedestrian laws is a Class B traffic infraction and carries a $242 fine.

The four pedestrian safety operations scheduled in Independence will occur during the next six months.

For more information: Sgt. Peter J. Roy, Independence Police Department, 503-606-4910.

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