February 14, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
On Monday, February 17, 2014, law enforcement officers from Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office will team together for stepped up enforcement efforts targeting distracted driving and safety restraint use. The interagency effort is part of the two-week statewide campaign focusing on properly restraining child passengers, reminding pickup occupants that buckling saves lives, and discouraging texting while driving.
Between 8:00 a.m. and 12 noon, officers participating in the interagency patrol are dedicating enforcement efforts in a targeted area between SE Stark Street to SE Foster Road, and SE 82nd Avenue to SE 181st Avenue.
According to ODOT, Oregonians are buckling up at their highest rate ever. For the small percentage of people who don’t buckle up, they are twice as likely as belted occupants to die if the vehicle they are in crashes. In 2012, 61 of Oregon’s 198 occupant fatalities were reportedly unrestrained.
Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office join ODOT in urging everyone, every day, to buckle up every time – morning, noon and night, no matter the vehicle, no matter the age.
Officers also urge drivers to keep the phone out of their hands and not text and drive. Using a cell phone while driving falls under the category of “distracted driving”, and the behavior is especially dangerous for younger drivers. Effective January 1, 2014, Oregon’s traffic offense of operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device changed from a Class D violation to a Class C violation. The minimum fine for a Class C violation is $142, and can be as high as $500.
Additional information about the two-week campaign is available in the following ODOT news release:
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