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State, County, and City Police Focus Friday on Hazardous Intersection-related Violations in Klamath Falls Area
02/13/2008
Sergeant Dennis Davenport
Klamath Falls Police Department
Office: (541) 883-5336
 
Sergeant Bob Fenner
Oregon State Police - Klamath Falls
Office: (541) 883-5713
 
Sheriff Tim Evinger
Klamath County Sheriff's Office
Office: (541) 883-5130

As part of a two week statewide enforcement blitz, Klamath County-area police agencies will be conducting an interagency traffic enforcement effort Friday focusing on hazardous traffic violations around intersections.
 
"We have seen a significant increase in drivers running red lights," said Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Robert Fenner. "This dangerous violation has not only been noticed by police officers, but it is also the focus of increased citizen complaints."
 
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, disregarding red lights and other traffic control devices is the leading cause of urban crashes, representing 22 percent of the total number of crashes. The economic impact is estimated at $7 billion each year in medical costs, time off work, insurance rate increases, and property damage.
 
"A significant number of the crashes that occur within our city are at or near intersections. This enforcement effort will hopefully make our streets safer and possibly save some lives," said Klamath Falls City Police Sergeant Dennis Davenport.
 
From February 4 – 17, law enforcement agencies in Oregon have been stepping up traffic enforcement efforts with an eye out to help motorists buckle up on every trip. Sergeant Fenner emphasized that while monitoring intersections and other area highways, officers' plan on checking to make certain all vehicle occupants required to use safety restraints are doing so.
 
Enforcement plans will include putting plain clothes officers at intersections to watch for violations and radioing their observations to a marked patrol car so officers will not have to follow red light violators through the red light to get them stopped.
 
"Short of inclement weather in our area, this is one of the major contributing factors of injury crashes," said Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger.
 
In a recent Gallup survey (commissioned by the Potomac Chapter of the American Automobile Association), twenty percent of the respondents classified running red lights and stop signs as the second most dangerous driving behavior – second only to driving while intoxicated. Subsequent research by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) found that not only is the public losing sight of the purpose of the traffic signal, but more importantly, compliance with traffic controls in general is deteriorating.