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TRAFFIC ALERT: Pedestrian Emphasis Now Underway

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The Spokane Police Department's Traffic Unit has had an increase in the number of complaints of drivers failing to yield in crosswalks. Wednesday, September 22nd, we will focus our efforts in the area of Division and Boone with an emphasis patrol for pedestrian safety. 

Drivers are reminded that not all crosswalks are marked.  In fact, most crosswalks in the city are not. "Crosswalk" means the portion of the roadway between the intersection area and the connection of the farthest sidewalk line or in the event there are no sidewalks then between the intersection area and a line ten feet therefrom, except as modified by a marked crosswalk. Basically, at an unmarked crosswalk, you'd draw lines across the street from the edge of the sidewalks and that would be the crosswalk area. The law states a driver of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. "Half of the roadway" means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel, and includes the entire width of a one-way roadway. 

Last year, in Spokane City there were 88 crashes reported involving pedestrians making this issue a priority for the Traffic Unit.

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