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Crosswalk sting planned Friday in Medford

Police are planning a crosswalk sting Friday in downtown Medford. File photo

Medford police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a joint crosswalk sting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the intersection of East Fourth and Front streets in downtown Medford.

The operation will focus on drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians using the crosswalks at the intersection. The purpose is to raise awareness about pedestrian safety, the Medford Police Department said.

Under Oregon law, drivers must stop and remain stopped if a pedestrian is walking in their lane of traffic or an adjacent lane. Drivers can’t pass a vehicle stopped at an intersection if the vehicle is stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the road. Crosswalks exist at every intersection, whether they’re marked or not, MPD said.

During the Friday operation, drivers may get ticketed for failing to stop for a pedestrian or passing another vehicle stopped for a pedestrian. Both violations carry a presumptive fine of $265, MPD said.

Past crosswalk stings have resulted in dozens of warnings and tickets for drivers, according to Mail Tribune archives.