Saturday, May 08, 2010

Jaywalking in Oregon

The topic of jaywalking comes up now and then in Eugene.

Oregon state law does not even define jaywalking.

However, the DMV does regulate crosswalks.  The Oregon Vehicle Code protects drivers with laws prohibiting pedestrians from crossing a street against a traffic signal, inside a crosswalk in a way that causes hazard to an approaching vehicle, outside of a crosswalk against traffic, or outside of a crosswalk at an intersection.

Additionally, either Eugene or Lane County (I forget which) has a law requiring pedestrians to cross the street perpendicularly.  This strange law allows police to pick up drunks who otherwise would be a traffic hazard.

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