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OSP Response to False "Speed Trap" Email
05/09/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

An email has recently been circulating ‘warning' people about an upcoming 21-day initiative to write as many speeding tickets as possible in the Portland metro area to generate revenue. The email appears to mostly targeting Oregon State Police (OSP) as the law enforcement agency that will be heading up the alleged effort, resulting in several people and area media contacting OSP asking if this is true.
 
OSP Captain Gerry Gregg, Director of the Patrol Services Division, stressed that a citation should never be issued for the purpose of generating revenue and the information in the email has no merit and is untruthful.
 
"The Oregon State Police does from time to time conduct saturation patrols in areas where there are identified problems that could be addressed through increased Department and interagency patrol efforts. These problems could specifically be factors causing an unusual number of traffic crashes, or it could be an effective way to handle area events or high traffic volume periods such as major holiday weekends. Our objectives at all times are to reduce crashes, detect and stop dangerous drivers, and to gain voluntary compliance with our traffic laws," said Captain Gregg.
 
OSP asks anyone who receives such an email to not forward to others as suggested so it does not falsely alarm others. A copy of the email content is provided with this news release at the following link that is available for 30 days:
 
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