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News Release
Results of Medford Police Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation - 11/26/19

As a part of ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in the City of Medford, the Medford Police Department has conducted a 4 hour pedestrian safety enforcement operation that focused on motorists who failed to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

Pedestrian safety is a key issue in our community, and the Medford Police Department is committed to upholding pedestrian safety laws to protect our citizens.

Most recently, on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019, a pedestrian enforcement and education program was conducted in the City of Medford at the intersection of Poplar Dr. and Progress Rd., which specifically focused on drivers and pedestrians who were violating right-of-way laws. As a result of this program, 26 citations were issued. These citations included 8 citations for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Other violations included unauthorized cell phone use, failing to use a seat belt, driving uninsured and driving without a license. Numerous citizens were warned and educated without being issued a citation.

The Medford Police Department strongly encourages members of the community to follow basic safety practices:

  • Drivers should be on the lookout for and stop for pedestrians.
  • Drivers should stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk and stay stopped until the pedestrian is two traffic lanes away or has reached the sidewalk.
  • Pedestrians should use the crosswalk when crossing the street and obey pedestrian signals.
  • Pedestrians should look both ways for traffic before crossing and ensure cars are yielding before crossing. Remember that having the right-of-way does not prevent you from being seriously injured by a driver who is not paying attention. Traffic safety is everyone’s personal responsibility.

The Medford Police Department is committed to doing our part to keep the community safe. We urge every member of the community to help by keeping themselves safe and following basic rules of the road.

For further information, please contact Sergeant Geoff Kirkpatrick with the Medford Police Department, Community Engagement Division at 541-774-2226.

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