Roseburg police to hold crosswalk and DUII enforcements in July
The Roseburg Police Department will be participating in a pedestrian crosswalk safety event and bulking up its DUII enforcement during the month of July.
Officers will be conducting several safety events around Roseburg on July 17, focusing on enforcing and educating the public on crosswalk and pedestrian laws, according to Sgt. Gary Klopfenstein, a spokesman for the police department.
The goal of the event is to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities and to remind drivers to be cautious when approaching crosswalks.
From 2008 to 2010, pedestrians accounted for 14 percent of traffic fatalities, according to Klopfenstein, who was citing information from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Over the same time period, an average of 660 pedestrians were injured and 51 were killed in motor vehicles crashes per year.
The majority of motor vehicle versus pedestrian crashes occurred because the driver failed to yield to the pedestrian, Klopfenstein said.
As part of the safety campaign, Klopfenstein offered these tips:
When turning at a traffic signal, drivers must:
Stop and remain 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 remain 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 remain stopped for a blind pedestrian using a white cane or a guide dog until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway.
Klopfenstein also provided these additional safety tips:
Remember, under Oregon law there is a crosswalk at every intersection.Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing. When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don’t block visibility to a driver in a second lane.When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be alert for children who may suddenly dart into the street. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.Around taverns and bars, be alert for people with slowed reaction times or impaired judgment.Be alert for people or animals during low-light conditions, especially in areas where they are likely to cross the road, or you might not see them until it is too late to stop.
Roseburg police will also be focusing on those driving under the influence of intoxicants during the month of July.
Klopfenstein said the department did not participate in the campaign during in June but still made 10 DUII-related arrests, including a 17-year-old female juvenile who was clocked going 40 mph over the speed limit.
In a press release, both the police department and the Oregon Department of Transportation reminded drivers that even a single drink can impair a person’s judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk — or the risk of being involved in a crash while driving.
As always, officials recommend planning ahead, calling for a taxi, designating a sober driver, calling a family member or a friend in an emergency, or using public transportation.