Thursday, May 11, 2017

Oregon City Police Participating in Oregon's Safety Belt Blitz


News Release from Oregon City Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: May 11th, 2017 11:12 AM
Oregon City, Oregon (May 11, 2017, 11:30 am): The Oregon City Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon, will be working overtime enforcement shifts to focus on proper safety belt use and child safety seat use. The nationwide traffic enforcement "blitz" will occur day and night from Monday, May 15, 2017 through Sunday, May 28, 2017. With onset of warmer weather, officers will also be checking compliance with laws prohibiting transportation of a minor in an open pickup truck bed. The enhanced enforcement is funded through USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Oregon City Police Department wants to remind you to "BUCKLE UP" before operating your vehicle.

The following information is provided by O.D.O.T. and the US Department of Transportation:

Roadside observations of belt use among Oregon travelers in 2016 revealed 96% of travelers use safety belts. But despite this high use rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of belt use in 27% of daytime and 50% of night time crashes. ODOT estimates that at least half of those who died unbelted or 67 persons could have been saved if everyone used safety belts on every trip.

Safety belts, used correctly, can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty-five percent. Belts are even more effective when used in combination with airbag systems and other not-so-obvious occupant protection features designed into today's vehicles.

Oregon law requires children weighing under forty pounds to use a child seat with harness. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here:

For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: or at
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