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Drivers, drinkers beware - police are watching


Forest Grove Police launch a traffic-safety blitz

Forest Grove police are cracking down on a variety of offenses, including impaired driving, excessive speed, pedestrian-law violators, seat-belt and child-restraint violations, and minors in possession of alcohol.

Monday, May 19, police began focusing on speeders and drivers who are not wearing seat belts or safely restraining their children. Children under 40 pounds must use a child safety seat, while those under 20 pounds or less than one year old require a rear-facing child seat.

The traffic-enforcement blitz will last through June 1 and will beefed up with overtime shifts for officers specifically looking for traffic violations.

Tuesday, May 20, they set up a pedestrian-safety enforcement sting on 19th Avenue near Birch Street, the second of several such stings planned for this year, sparked partly by recent fatal auto-pedestrian accidents.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, additional officers will patrol each night, watching for impaired drivers and minors in possession of alcohol. One in every three crash deaths involves impairment from drugs or alcohol, according to Police Capt. Mike Herb.

The extra enforcement efforts are being partly funded by federal overtime grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Oregon State Police and other law-enforcement agencies around the state will also be increasing traffic patrols this weekend.