Beaverton Police Department: Common traffic mistakes Increase as the weather gets warmer

Beaverton Police Department: Common traffic mistakes Increase as the weather gets warmer

With the weather starting to get warmer, we can (finally) say “Goodbye!” to winter. The changing season brings longer days, shorter nights, and more vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. This also brings the potential for increased traffic crashes. We often find that drivers, riders, and pedestrians make some of the following common mistakes.

Pedestrians:

Pedestrian Fail to Obey a Traffic Control Device (ORS 814.020): A pedestrian who is approaching a crosswalk with an electronic pedestrian control (“Walk”/“Wait”/”Don’t Walk” light), must follow the direction of the pedestrian control device regardless of the light for vehicle traffic. Additionally, a pedestrian may not enter the crosswalk when the “Wait” or “Don’t Walk” light is illuminated.

Pedestrian Fail to Yield to Vehicle (ORS 814.040): A pedestrian is required to yield to any vehicle traffic when attempting to cross the road at any point other than within a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

Pedestrians Must Use Available Crosswalk (Beaverton City Code 6.02.510): Within the city limits of Beaverton, a pedestrian who is within 150 feet of a marked crosswalk must use the marked crosswalk.

Bicyclists:

Failure to Use Bicycle Lane or Path (ORS 814.420): A bicyclist must ride in the same direction of traffic within a bicycle lane or path if one is adjacent to or near the roadway. This applies unless the bicyclist is overtaking or passing another bicyclist and the passage cannot safely be made within the lane or path, preparing to execute a left turn into a private road or driveway, avoiding debris or other hazardous conditions, preparing to execute a right turn, or continuing straight at an intersection where the bicycle lane or path is to the right of a lane from which a vehicle must turn right.

Unsafe Operation of Bicycle on Sidewalk (ORS 814.410): A bicyclist may operate on a sidewalk but may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and move into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. The bicyclist must yield the right of way to all pedestrians on the sidewalk and must give an audible warning before overtaking and passing a pedestrian on the sidewalk. The rider may not operate the bicycle at a speed greater than an ordinary walk when approaching or entering a crosswalk, approaching or crossing a driveway, curb cut, or pedestrian ramp when a vehicle is approaching. A bicyclist operating on a sidewalk or crosswalk is required to wait for the “Walk” signal if attempting to cross at an intersection where pedestrian crossing is controlled by an electronic device.

Bicycle Equipment Requirements (ORS 815.280): A bicycle must be equipped with a brake that allows the bicycle to stop within 15 feet from a speed of 10 MPH. During limited visibility conditions, the bicycle or rider must have a forward-facing white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet and a rear-facing red reflector or light mounted as to be visible from all distances up to 600 feet when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlights of a motor vehicle.

Vehicles:

Fail to Obey Traffic Control Device (ORS 811.265): The law in Oregon requires a driver facing a steady yellow light to stop if it safe to do so. If it is not safe to stop for a yellow light, the law allows the driver to proceed “cautiously” through the intersection. A driver who speeds up to “make the light” would be in violation of this statute. A driver facing a steady red light or steady red arrow may make a right turn on red after first coming to a stop and then yielding to any approaching traffic, unless there is a sign posted at the intersection prohibiting the movement.

Illegal U-Turn (ORS 811.365): A driver may not perform a U-Turn within an intersection that is controlled by an electrical signal unless a sign is posted indicating U-Turn permitted. A driver may not perform a U-Turn between intersections while within the limits of an incorporated city. A driver may perform a U-Turn within an uncontrolled intersection, or an intersection that is not controlled by an electrical signal, so long as the vehicle can be seen another driver approaching from either direction for a distance of at least 500 feet within a city limit or 1000 feet outside a city.

Improperly Executed Left/Right Turn (ORS 811.340/ORS 811.355): A driver making a turn into a road that has multiple lanes must turn into the closest lane, unless there are multiple turn lanes. A driver making a left turn must approach the turn from the left-most lane lawfully available and turn into the left-most lane of traffic. A driver making a right turn must approach the turn from the right-most, lawfully available lane and turn into the right-most lane of a traffic.

The Beaverton Police Department is dedicated to your safety and encourages pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers to be aware of local laws and stay focused. Your attention to your surroundings may prevent a crash.

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