Police Set Pedestrian Enforcement Date; Local Artist Dons Cover; Sheriff’s Numbers In From Labor Day

Police Set Pedestrian Enforcement Date

The Florence Police Department is planning another pedestrian enforcement operation.  Police will be situated near the intersection of 9th and Kingwood on Saturday, September 21st from 11am until 2pm.  Police will observe traffic responding to pedestrians attempting to cross the intersection and will likely be writing citations and warnings during that period.  The enforcement procedure is intended to remind motorists of their responsibility to pedestrian traffic.  Crosswalks without a signal require vehicles to stop and remain stopped until the pedestrian has cleared the lane the driver is in and the adjacent lane, which means the entire road on two lane surfaces.  It is also unlawful for a vehicle to pass another vehicle that is stopped for a pedestrian.  Instructions for pedestrians in a crosswalk that has a traffic signal is similar to that of a signal-less crosswalk with the exception of a turning vehicle.  A turning vehicle must wait until the pedestrian passes the projected turn lane and six feet of the adjacent lane.

Local Artist Dons Cover

Nationally acclaimed artist F. Michael Wood was chosen to represent the cover of the latest edition of the Central Coast Connection business directory.  Wood was chosen from a list of 30 entries and his rendering of the Old Town Florence riverside looking up river garnered him the $500 prize.  Pacific Publishing general Manager Patrick Looney said they were thrilled with the number of quality entries.

“We narrowed the competition to five finalists, all of which we thought had strong cover potential.”

The 29th annual edition of the central Coast Connection is being mailed out to households from Florence to Deadwood and Yachats to Reedsport.  Looney says it is more than a phone book with information about contractors, restaurants and travel guides along with an advertising directory of local businesses, government and emergency information and numbers, tide tables, sports broadcast schedules, and local trivia.

Sheriff’s Numbers In From Labor Day

Lane County has released its numbers for its recent patrol saturation that occurred over the Labor Day Weekend.  In all deputies had 165 enforcement contacts including 1 DUII arrest, 35 speeding violations and 24 distracted driving incidents.  Additionally deputies made 2 other arrests involving suspects attempting to elude police.  50 hours of grant funded overtime was used through this grant.