NDPD will be watching peds, drivers closely this week
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department, utilizing a grant from Oregon Impact, will conduct the third in a series of six pedestrian campaigns started in April and continuing through September.
The campaign, according to a release from the department, focuses on pedestrians and motorists and distracted driving, but any violation witnessed by an officer during the operation will be subject to enforcement.
The next operation is set for 1 to 6 p.m. Friday on East Hancock Street near Edwards Street. Alternate location on First or Hancock streets may also be chosen.
The department last held a pedestrian sting May 22 and issued 14 citations and 39 warnings for infractions ranging from failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk to passing a stopped vehicle for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Other infractions included driving uninsured, driving while suspended, failure to wear a seatbelt and operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device (cell phone).
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department would like to remind motorists and pedestrians alike to be mindful of crosswalks and traffic signals that assist in the control and safety of pedestrian traffic, the release stated. Also, we remind motorists to refrain from talking on the phone or texting while driving. All of these behaviors are traffic violations and subject to enforcement. More importantly, they are high risk behaviors that can lead to a traffic crash.
The NDPD also reminded parents or caregivers to be particularly mindful of children when in traffic situations.
Often times when walking along a sidewalk or exiting a business that is along a busy street, a toddler will dart out of arms reach of their parent and into traffic, causing serious injury or death, the release stated. The importance of paying close attention to and holding on to your children when close to roadways cannot be overstated.