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Two High Speed Motorcycle Stops Reminder for Drivers to Be on Lookout During Summer Months
05/16/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Two Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stops involving high speed motorcycles Friday will hopefully be a reminder for others to be on the lookout as we move into the summer months and warmer weather when this type of dangerous, high speed driving activity increases. In both incidents the motorcycle operators were also driving while suspended.
 
The first incident happened May 15th at approximately 9:45 a.m. when OSP Trooper Colin Tracy was operating an unmarked Aggressive Driving Enforcement Program (ADEP) patrol vehicle southbound on Interstate 5 in the Wilsonville area. Trooper Tracy spotted a black motorcycle moving through traffic at a fast speed, and as he moved into a closer position south of the Donald / Aurora interchange the 2006 Yamaha motorcycle with two occupants sped up in the left southbound lane.
 
Trooper Tracy was able to establish a pace at 108 mph in a 65 mph speed zone and stopped the motorcycle near Woodburn. The operator, identified as PATRICK R. LANDERS JR., age 31, from northeast Portland, was determined to be operating while his license was suspended. LANDERS was cited to appear in Marion County Circuit Court for misdemeanor Driving While Suspended, Exceeding the Posted Speed in Excess of 100 mph to wit: 108 mph in a 65 mph speed zone, and No Motorcycle Endorsement. The motorcycle was released to the 30-year old female passenger who was the registered owner.
 
In the second incident at 4:36 p.m. OSP Sergeant Walt Anderson was parked on the side of SE 82nd Avenue north of the off ramp from northbound Interstate 205 when he spotted a Kawasaki motorcycle northbound on 82nd Avenue coming from the freeway at a high rate of speed. Sergeant Anderson obtained a laser speed reading of 110 mph in a 50 mph speed zone.
 
Sergeant Anderson stopped the motorcycle near Sunnybrook Road and contacted the operator identified as KELLY ROBERT ROBINSON, age 40, from Happy Valley. An operator license status check indicated ROBINSON had suspended driving privileges. ROBINSON was cited to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court for Reckless Driving, Exceeding the Posted Speed in Excess of 100 mph to wit: 110 mph in a 50 mph speed zone, and violation Driving While Suspended. The motorcycle was towed and impounded.
 
In the last review released March 2009 by OSP Patrol Services Division looking at troopers' enforcement statistics involving high speed traffic-related stops in 2008, there was an approximate 25 percent drop in citations issued to drivers traveling 100 mph or faster and fewer reported driving complaints as compared to 2007. This was the third review done by OSP since a new law became effective in January 2006 providing tougher penalties for drivers convicted of traveling over 100 mph.
 
Each review has also indicated the highest number of high speed-related citations issued by OSP troopers occurs May - September. The March 2009 review news release is available at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/03_04_2009_review_2008_100mph_cites.shtml.
 
Oregon State Police, ODOT and partner law enforcement agencies encourage reporting dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police dispatch centers.