The Lincoln City Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Operation on Thursday July 7, 2016. The safety operation will occur near Hwy 101 and N. 12th Street between the hours of 2:00pm and 5:00pm. The primary focus of the operation is to raise pedestrian safety awareness. With the use of a decoy pedestrian, the Lincoln City Police Department hopes to raise awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws.
Warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone, the day before and the day of the operation. The Lincoln City Police Department is dedicated to enhancing the safety of both the citizens and guests of the city. The safety operations are conducted in an effort to reduce the potential of injuries or death to pedestrians in our city.
Lt. Palmer with Lincoln City police said with the increase in summer traffic people need to slow down, watch the distractions and pay close attention for pedestrians when driving.During the last pedestrian safety operation in May police conducted 20 traffic stops and 19 of the traffic stops resulted in 13 charges of failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. There were also citations for driving while on a cell phone, driving uninsured and driving while suspended. One person was arrested on a fugitive warrant and police issued 3 traffic warnings.
Funding for the pedestrian safety operations is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation.