Council ponders street-crossing ordinance

By: 
STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LACEDERECORD.COM

The Lebanon City Council may crack down on where pedestrians can cross the street.
At Thursday night’s work session, Council members discussed a proposal intended to improve pedestrian safety on busy arterial roadways.
Police Chief Randy Halstead said the ordinance would ban people from standing in or crossing the road at major intersections in the city.
The ordinance says people are not to cross any arterial roadway except at a crosswalk. Also, “No person shall be located upon the median in an arterial intersection unless in the process of legally crossing a roadway.”
According to the proposed ordinance, since 2013 there have been 18 injury accidents involving pedestrians, 11 occurring on arterial roadways, and one fatality in the city.
Halstead said this would apply to major arteries such as Jefferson and Elm where pedestrians try to cross the street.

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