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Warning: Winter driving conditions are here

The King City Police Department hopes everyone had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday and wishes all a Happy New Year.

During the past month police activity in King City has been relatively quiet but with a steady flow of calls for service. During this time of year, the department does maintain an additional vigil on residents who may be alone or just experiencing the holiday blues.

If you know someone who you are worried about, request us by calling the non-emergency number at 503 629-0111 to do a welfare check on the individual.

Vehicles and traction devices

This time of year we can experience ice and snow on the roadways as we travel. If you are a traveler where there might be snow/ice, you need to be aware of the state of Oregon Chain Law, which applies to all highways in the state.

Studded tires are legal in Oregon from Nov. 1 to March 31. Due to the damage that studded tires do to the roadways, the state encourages drivers to only use them when necessary.

You may see signs that advise drivers to carry chains or traction tires. It is important to follow these messages because failure to may lead to class C traffic ticket.

To find out what tires or traction devices are legal, you can contact the Oregon Department of Transportation at 1-503-588-2941 or online at www.tripcheck.com and go to "winter travel" or check with your local tire dealer.

Prior to setting out on a trip, the police department advises that you check the ODOT trip check online site for the latest road and travel conditions.

Parking lot accidents - what to do?

During the holiday season as well as any time you park in a parking lot at a mall or the King City Plaza, you may have found your vehicle hit, scraped or otherwise damaged, or you may have hit, scraped or otherwise damaged another vehicle.

The question for either case is, What do I do? Here are some basic steps you should take:

If you are the driver:

-- Admit your action (failure may lead to a hit-and-run charge);

-- Track down the other owner;

-- If unable to find the owner, leave a note with your information, including your name, phone number, brief explanation, your license plate number and name of your insurance company/agent, and if possible, take a photo of damage.

If you are a victim:

-- Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible;

-- Record evidence by taking a photo of the damage;

-- If able, contact the other driver and record the driver's name, address, phone number, driver license number and insurance company/agent;

-- If possible, locate any witnesses and record their names.

Most of these events can be civilly settled; however, some will require litigation, so be prepared.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

A burglar breaks into a home and hears "Jesus is watching you" as he starts to pick up a laptop computer. He stops, looks around and not seeing anyone, he again picks up the computer and again hears "Jesus is watching you." He sets the computer down and notices a parrot in the corner of the room. He walks over to the parrot and asks the parrot its name. The parrot replies, "Moses." The burglar retorts, "What idiot would name a parrot Moses?" The parrot replies, "The same idiot that named the Doberman Jesus."

So until next time, be good, be neighborly and be safe.