Medford police might target lesser-used crosswalks
I am wondering if the police department ever does enforcement in areas off main streets that are a problem. And if they take suggestions. Every day on my lunch hour, I walk down Lowry Lane and into the U.S. Cellular Community Park. I walk past the Charles Point apartments. There are two side streets that run into the apartment complex that I have to cross. Cars coming up to the intersection rarely yield to me unless I just start crossing, but I don’t do that because virtually no one ever actually stops at the stop signs. They just roll on through and keep going. Today, three cars did this on my way to the park, and two more on the way out. I am amazed, with the number of kids and pets in the area, that something bad hasn’t happened. Would the police ever consider that area?
— C.P., via email
Sounds like a possible “yes” could be in your future, C.P. But based on our conversation with police in regards to your question, it sounds like they would need to look a little closer.
When police do these types of enforcement operations — targeted, hours-long operations where they will keep a sharp eye on a particular problem crosswalk and hand out tickets to people who don’t stop for pedestrians — they take several factors into account, including citizen complaints, traffic volume and crashes, according to Medford police Sgt. Don Lane.
“We look at other factors, as well, to see if the location is conducive for conducting a pedestrian operation, such as sight distance,” Lane said in an email. “We receive several complaints as well as requests regarding pedestrian safety and do our best to conduct enforcement operations where we believe they will have the biggest impact to traffic safety.”
Lane added that the crosswalk you mentioned is a possibility, and that he will look into it further.
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