MPD targets pedestrian crosswalk safety before school starts

Medford, Ore. — The Medford Police Department is out in force to make sure you stop for pedestrians.

“We have so many accidents that involve vehicles and pedestrians crossing, whether it’s in a marked or unmarked crosswalk,” Corporal Trevor Arnold said. “So we pick our locations based on where we get a lot of complaints of where we’ve had a lot of issues.”

On Friday, MPD held a targeted pedestrian safety enforcement sting. Officers were stationed at Delta Waters road and Crater Lake avenue, as a decoy pedestrian crossed the street.

“With school starting up next week for kids, and a lot of kids are crossing the street, so we just want to make sure people are aware to be watching for pedestrians and stop,” Corporal Arnold said.

Officers handed out four citations and three warnings related to pedestrians, and 13 other traffic citations. The project is completely paid for by grants.

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