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Oregon City Police Department finds cell phones in seat-belt enforcing operation

The Oregon City Police Department Patrol Division had five officers participate in the first Safety Belt Overtime Campaign Blitz of the year from Feb. 9 to 22.

These officers focused on drivers failing to use safety belts, drivers using cellular phones, and speed enforcement. The officers issued a total of 50 citations and or warnings during this enforcement operation.

The final stats for this operation included three contacts for failing to use a safety belt, 15 contacts for using a cellular phone while driving, and 7 contacts for speeding. Officers also issued citations for careless driving, following too closely, and driving while suspended.

According to the US Department of Transportation, 98 percent percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely uses safety belts. However, Oregon Department of Transportation crash data reveals a belt-use rate of only 62 percent among those killed in crashes last year.

Among those killed or injured were 938 child passengers under age 8, and a third of these were riding unrestrained or in the wrong type safety restraint for their size. A child over 40 pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach 8 or 4-foot-9 and the adult belt system fits them correctly.

For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual or your local child-seat-fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.

OCPD will be participating in the next Safety Belt Blitz scheduled for May of 2015.

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