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Results of Salem Police Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign - 06/18/18

On June 8, 2018, the Salem Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a two location vehicle and pedestrian safety campaign in partnership with Oregon Impact. The goal of these campaigns is to enhance safety in our community through education to both pedestrians and vehicle operators. Locations for the campaigns are chosen based on crash and complaint data received by the Department.

The locations designated for the campaign on June 8 were: the 1500 block of Market St NE and the intersection of State St and Winter St. Although Oregon law states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not, officers chose to focus on educating drivers who committed violations at marked crosswalks. During this campaign, 55 drivers were contacted for a variety of violations, 50 of which were pedestrian-related. Of those 55 drivers, 43 received education and warnings and seven were issued citations. 30 warnings and 21 citations were issued for other violations. Additionally, two vehicles were towed and one arrest was made.

Drivers who were contacted, were educated on the law and provided educational materials in English and Spanish. It is our hope that these campaigns make the streets of Salem safer for all the people in our community.


Kuebler Blvd. reduced to one lane between Commercial Street and Battle Creek Road due to accident. (Photo) - 06/11/18

** UPDATE **

Kuebler Blvd. is now reopened to all traffic.


The Salem Police Department in on scene of a three vehicle accident on Kuebler Blvd.  Traffic is reduced to one lane in both directions between Commercial Street and Battle Creek Road.  Drivers are asked to use alternative routes. 

Salem Police Department to Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign - 06/07/18

As the weather becomes warmer and days become longer, we typically see more pedestrians out and about at various times of the day and night, and pedestrian safety issues become even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the City during the spring months.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.


Salem Police to continue specialized DUII enforcement campaigns - 06/07/18

The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired.

During the month of May, two officers worked on two of these focused patrols, arresting two persons for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited or arrested two persons for driving with a suspended license and issued an additional 19 citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency during the month of May, Salem Police officers arrested 52 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, issued 144 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 66 citations for driving without a seatbelt, and issued another 1521 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact and NHTSA are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.


Police investigating train collision with passenger vehicle - 06/01/18

On Friday, June 1 2018, at approximately 5:44 pm, a 17 year old male was driving his Buick SUV southbound on Commercial Street NE when he became stuck in traffic. The male stopped on the at-grade railroad crossing near Jefferson Street NE. Subsequently, the railroad crossing arms came down around his vehicle as an eastbound Portland and Western train approached the crossing. The male was not able to move his vehicle or escape from it as the train approached. The train struck the rear of the vehicle pushing it some distance. The male was not injured and was able to exit the vehicle once the train stopped. Railroad officials arrived at the scene to perform an investigation while police directed traffic. No citations were issued.  

It's time to plan for Salem's night out against crime! - 05/29/18

It's time to plan for Salem's night out against crime!

Salem, Ore. — The Salem Police Department is now accepting registrations for National Night Out block parties in Salem.

National Night Out is an evening dedicated to bringing residents and police together to stand united against crime through neighborhood block parties. NNO is celebrated across the nation each year on the first Tuesday in August making August 7 the date for 2018. Block parties occur, generally, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“In Salem, it’s our chance to demonstrate community unity against crime,” said community relations analyst Angie Hedrick. “Neighbors have block parties in the street with activities for children. And, sometimes it’s just an ice cream social in the front yard or a barbecue potluck in the cul-de-sac.” Each year, approximately 150 block parties are hosted throughout Salem as neighbors emphasize the watch-out-for-each-other atmosphere on their street.

Block parties wishing to receive a visit from a special police team should register early as the slots for officer visits fill quickly. Added Hedrick, “The highlight of our year is visiting block parties to just say hello to neighbors and thank them for being our partners in keeping Salem safe.”

The registration deadline is July 27, 2018.

Register online and find more information at