Mayor acts as decoy in Portland crosswalk sting

Mayor acts as decoy in Portland crosswalk sting

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by KGW staff

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Posted on May 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 5:37 AM

PORTLAND – Mayor Charlie Hales hit the streets of Portland Thursday morning as a decoy in a crosswalk sting.

Drivers were required to stop at the crosswalk on East Burnside at 16th Avenue when pedestrians are crossing.

Plenty of drivers didn’t stop as a motorcycle officer for the Portland Police Bureau was watching.

“Drivers are not paying attention, but they will today,” said community advocate Mary Schwab.

Officers handed out warnings and tickets to drivers who didn’t stop.

The sting was intended to raise awareness of the new pedestrian median as part of the city’s “Safe Routes to School” program.

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