Coos Bay police gears up for pedestrian safety operation

Coos Bay Police Department's pedestrian safety operation aims to educate motorists, Sept. 5, 2018. (SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- On Thursday, September 13, the Coos Bay Police Department will conduct a Pedestrian Safety Operation at the intersection of Commercial Ave. and 3rd Street

The operation will be conducted between 8-10:30 a.m.

The focus of operations like these is to raise the pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws.

WHAT IS THE LAW?

"A crosswalk exists at any public street intersection, whether marked with paint or unmarked," the department explained in a news release. "Crosswalks also exist between intersections (mid-block) only if they are marked with white painted lines."

Under Oregon laws, a driver has specific duties to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, the department said, whether marked or unmarked.

Here’s what you need to know.

When turning at a traffic signal, drivers must:

  • Stop and remained stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which your vehicle is turning and at least 6 feet of the next lane.

At any other crosswalks – whether marked with paint or unmarked – drivers must:

  • Stop and remained stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which you are traveling (or into which you are turning) and the next lane.
  • Stop and remain stopped for students as you are directed by a crossing guard
  • Stop and remained stopped for a blind pedestrian using a white cane or a guide dog until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway.
  • Also, when drivers approach another vehicle from the rear that is stopped at a marked or unmarked intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver may must not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

The Coos Bay Police Department reminds pedestrians that "safety is everyone’s responsibility and remember when at crosswalks to Stop, Look and, Listen."

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