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Update: East Portland Interagency Traffic Safety Effort Wednesday Nets Over 280 Citations During "Distracted Driving Awareness Month"

April 26, 2013

On April 24, 2013, officers from Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, and Gresham Police Department conducted a joint traffic safety enforcement effort in East Portland and Gresham. The interagency effort ran from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and was held to promote awareness through high visibility enforcement, eduction, and public outreach during "Distracted Driving Awareness Month."

Participating law enforcement officers reported issuing 281 citations and 113 warnings. Citations issued were for violations including:

* 63 citations for Unlawful Use of a Mobile Communication Device (cellphone law)
* 56 citations for Failure to Use Safety Belt
* 36 citations for Driving While Suspended
* 22 citations for Driving Uninsured

In addition, officers arrested 7 people discovered during traffic stops to be wanted on outstanding warrants.

According to Portland Police Bureau, the City of Portland has already had 12 traffic fatalities to date in 2013. Area public safety agencies urge drivers to avoid distractions such as texting and using cellphones while driving, obey traffic signals and stop signs, always buckle up and have children in appropriate child safety and booster seats, obey speed laws, and be on the lookout for vulnerable roadway users such as pedestrians and bicyclists.


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