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City police emphasize crosswalk safety


The Goldendale Police Department (GPD) has been receiving complaints about the motoring public not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks.

The GPD is reminding all citizens operating a vehicle that they are required by state law to stop and remain stopped at all crosswalks when a pedestrian or bicycle is upon the roadway in the crosswalk:

RCW.46.61.235 Stop for pedestrians in crosswalk

1) The operator 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. For purposes of this law "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.

2) No pedestrian or bicycle shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk, run, or otherwise move into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to stop.

3) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

The GPD will conduct a crosswalk emphasis on Wednesday, June 26, and other dates throughout the year. This will be to educate the motoring public and the pedestrians on crosswalk safety.

In a statement about the program, the GPD said it "is dedicated to keeping the non-motoring public safe."

If you have concerns or questions about crosswalk safety, contact Chief Reggie Bartkowski at the Goldendale Police Department 773-3780.


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