55 drivers cited in Beaverton crosswalk sting

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by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

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Posted on November 5, 2010 at 1:08 PM

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Police cited 55 people during a crosswalk safety sting in Beaverton Wednesday.

Officers watched two intersections -- S.W. 12th Street and S.W. Hall Boulevard, and S.W. 4th Street and S.W. Watson Avenue – as vehicles pulled up. If the drivers didn’t stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in the crosswalks, they were ticketed.

Nine drivers got warnings and the 55 citations included speeding violations, driving with a suspended license, and using a cell phone while driving, as well as breaking the rules of a crosswalk.

“A violation occurs when a driver does not stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian when they are proceeding in accordance to a traffic control device or in the lane or adjacent lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or turning,” explained Pam Yazzolino with the Beaverton Police Department.

Violating the rules of a crosswalk can cost up to $382 in fines.

“Too often drivers don't watch for pedestrians crossing or attempting to cross the street in a properly designated crosswalk,” Yazzolino added. “While pedestrians indeed have laws to follow too, drivers must remain diligent in their efforts to notice and allow a pedestrian safe passage.”

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