Medford Police Targeting Pedestrian Safety Operation  –  Be Aware


News Release from Medford Police Dept.
June 27th, 2023

On Friday, June 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Medford Police Department with assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a joint “Targeted Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation” on Crater Lake Ave. at Minnesota St. The operation will focus on drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in the crosswalk and for vehicles that fail to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian. This location has a marked crosswalk, but it is important for drivers to remember that the same rules apply for unmarked crosswalks.
These operations are conducted to raise pedestrian safety awareness through enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws with the use of a decoy operation at targeted locations. Violators may be cited for ORS 811.028 “Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk” or ORS 811.020 “Passing a stopped vehicle at a marked or unmarked crosswalk.” Both violations carry a presumptive fine of $265.00. Drivers should keep in mind that there is a crosswalk at every intersection, regardless of if it is marked or unmarked.
Drivers are also reminded of the Oregon laws that require you to stop and remain stopped if a pedestrian is walking in your lane of traffic or the lane adjacent (this applies on single and multi-lane roadways). Oregon law also prohibits passing a stopped vehicle at a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection if the vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway.