Monday, July 3, 2017

Gresham Police Continue DUII and Safety Belt Enforcement


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: July 3rd, 2017 6:45 AM
Gresham, Ore.-- Preparing for a safe Fourth of July and summer 2017, the Gresham Police Department is continuing targeted enforcement missions that focus on impaired drivers and proper use of safety belts. Planning on a drive? Officers encourage everyone to properly wear seatbelts, not drive under the influence of any intoxicant, and not let someone else drive while impaired.

Designed to encourage safety belt use and to discourage impaired driving, the number of officers involved in high-visibility traffic enforcement will intermittently increase throughout the summer, especially during holidays and special events. Gresham Police continues to join forces with the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Impact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon to conduct these targeted efforts.

According to NHTSA, in 2014 almost 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. While 6,391 of the fatalities were drivers whose blood alcohol content was at or above the legal limit, 2,752 deaths were passengers and 842 were people not associated with a vehicle. Oregon suffered 125 alcohol-related driving fatalities in that same year. For more information, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist with calling for cab service.
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver.
?,? Serve plenty of food to possibly lessen the effects of drugs or alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages.
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911.

Safety Belt Enforcement

Amended in May 2017, Oregon law now requires children under two years of age, regardless of weight, to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. It also requires children weighing under 40 pounds be restrained in a child safety seat. Children over 40 pounds must be in either a child safety seat or booster seat, until they are eight years old or four-feet-nine-inches tall and the adult safety belt system fits them correctly.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports, on average, safety belts reduce the chance of being killed in a collision by 55 percent. Regarding infants under one-year-old, the proper use of child safety restraints can reduce their chances of fatal injuries by 71 percent.

To ensure child safety seats are being used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: or

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact support these extra patrols.

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