Bend Police will host a Pedestrian Safety Detail from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at the intersection of Northwest Galveston Avenue and 12th Street. The event is designed to raise pedestrian safety awareness with education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws.
During the event, held in order to comply with an Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Walks grant, police will post orange cones 170 feet from crosswalks. Cars that do not stop for pedestrians when outside the cones will likely be cited by officers on site. If the car is close to or inside the cones, the car is likely to be stopped and consulted, said Bend Police Lt. Chris Carney.
In 2011, 43 vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents were reported in Bend, with 18 resulting in serious injuries, Carney said, adding that the most dangerous streets are between downtown and the west side — Broadway, Wall and 27th streets, and Franklin and Newport avenues.