News Flash


Posted on: August 10, 2018

Initial Court Ruling on Puyallup's Pedestrian Safety Zones

Roy Ruffino, a signature gatherer, sued the City of Puyallup because the City implements pedestrian safety zones at the two busiest gates (Gold and Blue) of the Washington State Fair during the fall and spring fairs. Pedestrian safety zones are small designated areas of the sidewalk that allow people to queue and stage before crossing Meridian in order to enter or exit the Fair.

The safety zones were established to protect pedestrians from anything that hinders, obstructs or delays them. Thousands of people use the Gold and Blue gate entrances along with the crosswalks and sidewalks near the gates, and anyhing which blocks or delays pedestrians, or distracts them, or causes them to detour around or avoid something increases the risk of harm to persons or property. Any such activity or object is therefore prohibited in the pedestrian safety zones.

Ruffino sued the City of Puyallup, claiming that the safety zones violate his First Amendment rights. On August 7th, the Federal District Court denied Ruffino’s request for an injunction which would have prevented the City from providing pedestrian safety zones.

The issue in this case is whether the City’s crucial interest in keeping people safe during one of the largest and busiest events in the state takes precedence over the plaintiff’s desire to intercept crowds of people who are attempting to cross a busy highway.The court ruled that public safety should prevail.

The attendance of more than one million people at the Fair each year presents unique safety challenges. Imposing narrowly tailored safeguards, as the City has done, addresses the very real risks to pedestrians while still accommodating First Amendment activities beyond the designated safety zones.

It's important to keep these heavily used crosswalks and sidewalks clear of obstructions and available for the purpose of pedestrian movement. The safety zones are sized to be as small as possible while still serving the objective of public safety.

Final rulings in this case will occur in the future.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

Upcoming public hearings

Posted on: October 23, 2020
Sound icon

Lahar Warning Siren System Change

Posted on: October 22, 2020
Puyallup drone shot from PCTV

Police and Water and Streets, Oh My!

Posted on: July 29, 2020

Message to the Puyallup Community

Posted on: June 13, 2020

Puyallup City Hall Service Changes

Posted on: March 17, 2020

Puyallup Closes Some Facilities

Posted on: March 13, 2020
COVID-19 info graphic

COVID-19 Update

Posted on: March 3, 2020

COVID-19 Information

Posted on: March 2, 2020
The Rose

City Gallery Art Show: Curt BoD

Posted on: January 15, 2020
Decline graph

Puyallup Property Tax Rate to Fall in 2020

Posted on: December 16, 2019

Utility Customer Service Hours Change

Posted on: October 17, 2019
civics graphic 2

Come Learn About Your Local Government!

Posted on: August 26, 2019
Green traffic signal

And It’s Another Green Light!

Posted on: October 30, 2018

Puyallup Receives "Bee City" Designation

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Keep in Touch

Posted on: April 18, 2011

Website Personalization Now Available!

Posted on: October 28, 2011