The Astoria Police Department conducted a grant-funded Pedestrian Safety Enforcement effort from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The enforcement effort focused on drivers who failed to obey Oregon traffic laws that relate to pedestrians, although officers did stop some vehicles for other traffic violations.
The time of day was specifically chosen because the majority of reported vehicle/pedestrian crashes in Astoria in the past several years have occurred between those hours.
During this three-hour period, officers focused on locations where the Astoria Police Department has received citizen complaints about vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians or actual crashes have occurred. The locations were 15th and Commercial streets, 15th Street and Marine Drive, and Sixth Street and Marine Drive.
Officers made 34 traffic stops during the enforcement period, issuing 18 citations and 11 warnings for Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped For A Pedestrian. A total of three citations and two warnings were issued for Passing A Stopped Vehicle At A Crosswalk, Driving Uninsured and Using a Cellphone While Driving.
It is the hope of the Astoria Police Department that by having focused enforcements, it will raise the awareness of both drivers and pedestrians.