Astoria police will have extra officers on duty Friday enforcing traffic violations.

Drivers may be cited if they fail to yield to an officer who is acting as a pedestrian and crossing at marked or unmarked crosswalks. Drivers who pass another vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk may also be cited.

The fine for failing to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian or for passing a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk for a pedestrian is $265.

The initiative is part of a pedestrian safety enforcement program in conjunction with Oregon Impact.

For questions about the project, contact Sgt. Brian Aydt at the Astoria Police Department or call 503-325-4411.

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Stanford LYNX

Thank you for somewhat monitoring the very dangerous pedestrian crossings in this town. A middling percentage of drivers will obey the common courtesy, the Oregon traffic laws and allow pedestrians to cross. Sadly and more, there are way too many drivers that think that they are too important and in too much of a hurry to stop for the lowly pedestrian. The crosswalk near the new Co-Op location 23rd and marine Drive is waiting for a deadly encounter, with a pedestrian attempting to cross the highway, and a driver that does not stop. Ongoing BIG problem. Sadly 'mark-my-words'.

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