Crosswalks Responsibilities: stay alert, both drivers and pedestrians
At every roadway intersection, there is a crosswalk unless posted with a “Crosswalk Closed” sign. Some crosswalks are marked, but the majority of all crosswalks across the state are unmarked.
For example, when two roads intersect and there are no crosswalk markings on the roadway, there are, in fact, four unmarked crosswalks. Each unmarked crosswalk extends across each individual roadway connecting one corner to the next.
It’s important to note that an unmarked crosswalk will never exist diagonally across an intersection. You will find most marked crosswalks exist at intersections that are electronically controlled by lights. Think of all the residential area roadway intersections within Beaverton; nearly all those intersections have unmarked crosswalks.
Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 801.220 defines both marked and unmarked crosswalks. As a general rule of thumb, a crosswalk exists at every intersection corner and extends from one corner to the adjacent corner. The only exception is when the unmarked crosswalk has a posted sign making it closed. Drivers and pedestrians have specific actions they can and can’t do at intersections.
Pedestrians can cross at an electronically controlled crosswalk only when the “walk” or related signal is indicated. Once the countdown starts or the red hand starts to flash, a pedestrian no longer has a right to step off the curb and begin walking across the roadway.
If a pedestrian is already in the crosswalk and proceeding across the roadway when the red hand starts to flash, they may continue to proceed across the roadway with haste.
Pedestrians can cross at unmarked intersections at any time unless that crossing will cause an immediate hazard to the motoring public.
Drivers must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians crossing the roadway in crosswalks. At crosswalks within an electronically controlled intersection, drivers must stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian if the pedestrian is six feet or less away from the lane the driver intends to turn into.
At crosswalks that are not electronically controlled, drivers must stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian if the pedestrian is one lane of travel or less away from the lane the driver intends to turn into.
Beaverton Police Department would like to remind drivers and pedestrians to stay alert around crosswalks. Any stretch of roadway used by both pedestrians and cars are areas to be especially cautious, as serious injuries and fatal crashes often occur here.
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