Medford police targeting motorists at Columbus and Second Street crosswalk

Medford police are targeting and citing drivers who don't yield to pedestrians walking in the crosswalk at North Columbus Avenue and West Second Street through 2:30 p.m. today.

Police said they hope to raise awareness of pedestrian laws through the operation. A decoy pedestrian will be used. Citations will be written for failing to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian at a crosswalk — marked or unmarked — and for passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. Both citations carry pricetags of $260.

Under Oregon law, motorists have to stop and remain stopped until pedestrians cross the crosswalk's full length.

The operation is being paid for with a state grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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