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Police to Enforce Crosswalk Laws—Is Redmond Safe for Pedestrians?

Special patrols will target the downtown area on Sept. 18 and 25

plan extra enforcement of the state's crosswalk laws in the downtown area on Sept. 18 and 25, the department announced in a news release today.

Police spokesman Jim Bove said the department has targeted crosswalks before and opted to do a special patrol this month because school is back in session and the safety of student walkers is a regular concern.

Bove said summer is also when a lot of collisions or near-misses between pedestrians and vehicles occur, and this summer has been no different.

“We’ve had several during the summer, which is not uncommon just because there are more people out,” he said.

So far in 2012, Bove said, there have been seven collisions involving pedestrians and vehicles, and 13 between bicyclists and vehicles. For all of 2011, those numbers were 11 and 14, respectively.

In 2012, one pedestrian has been killed in Redmond and another was seriously injured. The  and involved an 83-year-old man who attempted to cross the street at night outside of a crosswalk. He was struck by a passenger car and died instantly.

In March, a 22-year-old pedestrian was  near the intersection of Northeast 85th Street and 164th Avenue Northeast. Police are still looking for the . 

Bove said there were no pedestrian fatalities in 2011.

According to RCW 46.61.235, drivers must stop for pedestrians who are "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."

Pedestrians are also not permitted to "move into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to stop."

The fine for failing to observe the crosswalk law is $124.

For more information, click here to read the full Redmond Police news release.

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Do you think downtown Redmond is a safe and inviting place for pedestrians? Tell us in the comments section.

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Editor's note: This story was revised on Sept. 12 to include statistics from the Redmond Police Department.

GlutenCaseinFree Customer September 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
It is broke and needs fixing, more than what they are doing. I have repeatedly been nearly struck crossing Redmond Way where 160th becomes Cleveland Street - WITH the crossing light AND the intersection is reasonably well lit. I always look for traffic and even when I have the light if there is a car approaching I wait until I can see that the driver sees me before I cross in front of them. The near misses indicate to me that people have too little respect for crosswalk laws, just like they have too little respect for red light laws. Personally I'd like to see both offenses ticketed by robo-camera with heavy fines and license revocation if offenses continue. The self-serving excuse that collisions will occur is fallacious - collisions only happen if the drivers are failing to follow yet further traffic safety laws, such as regarding tailgating. As a society we treat driving like a right rather than the highly dangerous privilege it is. Stiffer enforcement across the whole range of driving laws, standardization of those laws nationwide (e.g. in NYC there is no "free right on red") much more rigorous licensing and renewal standards are urgently needed to combat the steady devolution of our roadways toward a scene from Mad Max.
Caitlin Moran September 12, 2012 at 11:47 PM
FYI to those following this thread—RPD sent me stats today. In 2011, there were 11 collisions involving pedestrians and vehicles, and 14 with bicycles and vehicles. So far in 2012, there have been 7 ped vs. vehicle crashes, and 13 bicycles vs. vehicles. There were no pedestrian fatalities in 2011, and there has been 1 in 2012. I will be updating the story above with this information.
Caitlin Moran September 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM
And here's another tid-bit I just got from police—a city web page that pretty clearly defines where it's legal for pedestrians to cross. (Yes, "unmarked crosswalk" does mean every intersection.) http://redmond.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=33668
William October 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM
We need respect on both sides, a little community and empathy. One old dead guy was someone's relative, a friend. ;
William Arch-Jackson October 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM
We need respect on both sides, a little community and empathy. One old dead guy was someone's relative, a friend. ;

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