Police target crosswalks July 2

Medford police will enforce pedestrian safety laws in an operation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 2, at the intersection of South Columbus Avenue and Prune Street.

The two-hour operation focuses on drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

A pedestrian from the department will cross repeatedly to test drivers' awareness of right-of-way laws.

Under Oregon law, every intersection includes a crosswalk, whether it is marked or not. Drivers must stop and remain stopped while a pedestrian is walking in their lane of traffic or the adjacent lane. Oregon law also prohibits passing a vehicle that is stopped for a crossing pedestrian. Both violations carry a bail of $287.

— Anita Burke

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