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Police write 15 citations for illegal driving during Clinton enforcement action

Posted by on February 11th, 2016 at 3:38 pm

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Two users of Clinton Street during yesterday’s enforcement action.
(Photo: Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation)

All 15 of the citations written by the Portland Police Bureau during Wednesday’s traffic enforcement action on Southeast Clinton Street were given to people who failed to obey traffic laws while driving their cars.

The police were out in force to help Portlanders understand that Clinton is an important bikeway; a place where cycling should be able to happen in a low-stress environment. The bureau of transportation recently underscored this fact by installing diverters at 32nd and 17th in order to prevent people from driving on Clinton. In addition to writing tickets, the police gave out eight warnings to road users (two of them to people riding bikes without lights) and passed out pamphlets with safety information.

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Here’s more from the City about what police saw:

“The stops were primarily for Failing to Obey a Traffic Control Device. Three charges were for Illegal U-Turn. All three of those were for people in vehicles who turned right at the SE 17th Street diverter, made a U-Turn and then retuned to make another right to continue along SE Clinton. The last contact of the day was at the SE Clinton and SE 17th diverter at approximately 11:00 p.m. when a person driving was arrested for DUII (.14 BAC).

These actions are a key part of the city’s approach to Vision Zero and they plan to keep it up next week. The police and PBOT will team up again on Wednesday (2/17) for a crosswalk-focused mission on Southeast 82nd. They’ll focus their efforts on two notoriously dangerous crossings at Division and Harrison. Both 82nd and Division are designated as High Crash Corridors. PBOT data shows there were 24 crashes involving people trying to walk across the street on or near 82nd and Division, two of them resulting in a fatality.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Adam
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Thanks, PPB!

eddie
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eddie

Questions coming out of this, How long does it usually take drivers to get used to these kinds of diverters? Were these violations due to confusion, or drivers who were “inconvenienced” by having to go a few blocks out of their way to get to point B? And are those failure to obey tickets still $242?

alankessler
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alankessler

Very pleased that these PPB officers exercised discretion appropriate to the mission. It looks as though they accepted the goal of reducing dangerous activity and focused resources there. Well done!

I think (hope) that the low count of citations written is a measure of the efficacy of the diverters in reducing volume around 17th and 32nd.

rachel b
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rachel b

Very glad to see any traffic enforcement in our neighborhood. Please stop some of the egregious speeders on 25mph SE 26th next. Thanks.

I’m pleased about the diverter, but it’s moved enough unpleasantly aggressive cut-through traffic to Taggart that I no longer walk home from MAX along it, taking Clinton instead (which is quite pleasant now. Them are some lucky homeowners–probably boosted their home values a good deal).

We really do seem to be moving the problem around–Woodward is really getting hit badly by impatient commuters and Division Street fun-seekers as well. I’m all for what’s been done on Clinton, but….help?

jake
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jake

I’d be glad to see such targeted traffic enforcement in my neighborhood (NW portland). I can’t count the number of times I’ve nearly been run over in a cross walk by bicyclists not stopping at stop signs, and motor vehicles rolling through them.

My approach is to assume a cyclist/car will not stop, and it has still been close a few times. I think the city could generate quite a bit of revenue if they had a plain clothes office post up at a busy 4-way stop in the Pearl.

I’m a cyclist (though I only ride in the country or other areas without motor vehicles) because I don’t trust drivers, and it’s honestly been a shock to me how irresponsible and inconsiderate cyclists are in my area of Portland. Given the well documented conflicts with motor vehicle drivers I had expected a higher level of consideration for pedestrians.

RMHampel
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RMHampel

Rachelb, I feel your pain. I’m on Woodward and the cut through traffic has greatly increased since the diverters went in. Speed bumps and more stop signs may be the only solution. People are impatient. Maybe making the alternative routes even less convenient will help.

Tom Hardy
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Tom Hardy

I hope they put the same type of speed bumps that are in on NW Lovejoy west of 30th. They consist of a small divider in the middle of the street and a 6 inch valley in the middle of the speedbump lane for bicycles and motorcycles.

Todd Boulanger
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Todd Boulanger

Yep it looks like pure bicycle anarchy and bicyclists ripping up the street and breaking the law…with 0% of the traffic violations observed today on Clinton being bike generated…and <9% of ALL traffic enforcement interactions.

Scott H
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Scott H

.14 BAC at 1pm in the afternoon, driving on Clinton, boyyy howdy that’s somethin. Is it just me or have there been a ton of DUIIs this year.

soren
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Kudos to PBOT and the PPB for focusing on bonafide traffic safety risk.

I also believe that the PPB should only stop a vulnerable road user if that person is endangering or violating the right of way of others. The use of limited enforcement resources on safe jaywalking and safe jaybiking is contrary to vision zero.

mh
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Nice to know that there were some officers doing enforcement in the evening. Several of us scouted and didn’t see any.

Clinton is almost as low-stress as a neighborhood greenway is intended to be.

yashardonnay
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yashardonnay

Please take a moment and send a note of gratitude to PBB for their enforcement on Clinton. They need to hear from you!

Adam
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Adam

Perhaps the design of the diverter needs to incorporate a longer median strip to deter more u-turns.

Like the kind that exists for well over an entire block on E Burnside at 14th/15th for example. Or like the kind that exists on SE 82nd Ave at Division, right outside PCC’s Southeast Campus.

If the diverter isn’t long enough, people will just u-turn around it. The ridiculously ineffective “diverter” at SE 20th & Ankeny is testament to this. So many people just drive around it to make an illegal left.

Eric Leifsdad
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Eric Leifsdad

Good news. I would like to know the total cost of this action and how many of the tickets are reduced or dismissed. If it breaks even, we should do it every day. If not, we need to fix that like a platinum city does it.

Lester Burnham
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Lester Burnham

The cyclist looks angry at the Harley dude…got those damn loud pipes?

buildwithjoe
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The cops could pay for 50 more cops if they ticketed just 10% of the people driving while on the phone. In rush hour you could just do this on foot as cars move so slowly due to all the drivers in front of them.

Opus the Poet
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So 15 tickets/arrests for motor vehicles, 2 for bikes (no lights)

Jim Smith
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Jim Smith

I really wish they’d set up an enforcement day at east burnside and 53rd. I travel that way to go to work and see cars making illegal turns there everyday. Any tips on who to contact about this?