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Legislature adds two new traffic laws to the books

The King City Police Department would like to say thanks to the King City community for a safe Fourth of July.

As the weather has improved, the calls for police service have increased.

The increase is normal for this time of year, and generally the increased calls are domestic in nature; for example, noise complaints and domestic disputes. So as a reminder, be a little more tolerant and considerate of your fellow residents.

National Night Out

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, communities in Washington County as well as throughout the nation will participate in the 30th anniversary of National Night Out.

National Night Out is a time when neighbors meet neighbors at barbecues, block parties, parades and neighborhood walks, and turn on porch lights as a way to symbolize and heighten awareness of neighborhood crime and drug prevention, to strengthen the concept of neighbor helping neighbor, and to let criminals know that our neighborhoods are united against crime and drug use.

At this time, the city and the King City Police Department do not have a formal program for National Night Out.

We hope in the future to develop a formal program that will be hosted by community volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering for next year, give me a call at 503-620-8851.

So what can you do to celebrate National Night Out this year? Here are a few ideas that you may want to try:

n Contact, the neighbor on each side of you and set up a barbecue or a specific time to get together and share a moment;

n At dusk, make sure your porch or driveway lights are on;

n Gather some friends and neighbors and take a neighborhood walk;

n When you see a police officer that night, hail the officer and let the officer know that you care about the security and safety that police provide, and use the moment to find out what's happening in your neighborhood.

I am sure that residents of a "pretty nice community" can come up with other ideas that will show that we believe in a safe community no matter if you have lived here 40 years or 40 days.

New laws from the Legislature

Now that the Oregon Legislature has adjourned, I'll attempt to update you on new laws or changes to current laws.

The two new laws for this month are traffic related: House Bill 2107 and House Bill 2542.

HB2107, effective May 2013, allows insurers to provide proof of vehicle insurance through electronic means, if the insured agrees.

It also provides that the offense of failure to carry proof does not apply if the police verified proof of insurance through the Law Enforcement Data System.

HB2542, effective May 2013, requires the courts or DMV to revoke a person's license for failure to perform the duties of a driver while causing serious physical injury.

Be aware that the law remains in effect for a one-year revocation if the hit-and-run accident results in a physical injury and a five-year revocation if there is a death involved in a hit-and-run accident.

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

This master criminal story comes from our neighbor to the north, Canada.

A person was caught driving a stolen car on his way to serve his weekend jail sentence. It seems that the individual had been convicted of assault and chose to serves his 60-day sentence on an intermittent weekend schedule.

Our master criminal, when caught, said, "I thought it was a good idea at the time." His equally sharp lawyer stated that since the court was 90 miles away, his client was physically incapable of making the trip so he acquired some reliable transport.

For his efforts, the convicted individual was given an additional 10 months in jail on top of the remaining 10 days of the original sentence. Makes you wonder about the convicted individual and his lawyer's common sense or lack of thereof.

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

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