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Police Traffic Enforcement

The goal of the Police Traffic Enforcement Program is to reduce deaths and injuries through support of speed enforcement, traffic safety law enforcement, training and equipment funding.


​The Traffic Law Enforcement Program includes a variety of projects and countermeasures which include:

Speed Enforcement: Overtime Enforcement grants to address the issue of speeding drivers.
 
Speed Equipment: Grants to assist police agencies in acquiring speed-enforcement equipment. 
 
Speed Management: Monitors, analyzes and provides topical expertise regarding Oregon speed laws, legislation and speed issues at the state and local levels. Provides expertise to Oregon law-enforcement and judicial agencies.  
 
Speed Training: Provides training and certification for radar and lidar through the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
  
Public Information and Education: Provides media information and public outreach regarding speed and following-too-close issues which are closely related. 
 
Speed Goal: Reduce deaths and injuries that are speed-related on state/interstate highways, county roads and city streets in Oregon.
 
Photo Red Light and Photo Radar: Are funded and supported directly by each city that operates a photo red light and/or photo radar program. The Transportation Safety Division reviews each city report to the legislature and provides an executive summary to each legislative assembly on the use of this technology in Oregon.
  

​Speed overtime grants are not on an open competitive process rather they are based on annual speed-related crash data. The Transportation Safety Division analyzes the crash data and determines effective countermeasures and contacts specific police agencies directly to offer specific enforcement projects based on identified problem areas.

​In the last five years, the Transportation Safety Division has purchased hundreds of pieces of traffic safety related police equipment for city, county and state police agencies. Other types of equipment such as "in-car" video cameras have also been purchased through our Impaired Driving Program and local regional safety coordinators Some radar trailers have been purchased for community-based speed awareness campaigns.  

Based on available funding, speed-equipment grants are announced by local regional transportation safety coordinators. Requests for proposals are sent out to local police agencies via US Mail. A general application process follows the proposals and agencies that show a need for speed equipment are selected from the group until the funds have been spent for that year. 

Regional Coordinator Contacts

Region 1:  Portland Metro Area​                  Kristie Gladhill  503-731-8477​
Region 2:  Salem Area / North Coast​          Nicole Charlson​  503-986-2763​
Region 3:  Roseburg Area / South Coast​     Rosalee Senger​  541-957-3657​
Region 4:  Bend Area / Central Oregon​       Chris Cheng  541-388-6429​
Region 5:  La Grande / Eastern Oregon​       Billie-Jo Deal  541-963-1387​

​Drivers must now move over to a non-adjacent lane (or slow down) when approaching the rear of a police fire and ambulance vehicles, as wells as tow trucks or roadside assistance vehicles on the roadway. 

Slow down means reducing your speed by at least five miles per hour below the posted speed of the roadway.    
 
Most importantly, drivers should be alert. If you can safely move over when approaching a disabled vehicle receiving assistance, do so. If you can't, then slow down.  
 
The fine for this violation is currently $260.00 ($520.00 if the location is within a safety corridor, school zone or work zone).  

​These brochures have been distributed to assist in the public education effort as it relates to speeding for following too close.

Control the Speed, Control the Damage
Police are Ticketing Tailgaters

 

Kristin Twenge
Program Manager
503-986-4446

Transportation Safety Division
ODOT-TLC Building, MS 3
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142

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