Enforcement campaign reminds folks to buckle up, hang up and watch speed

Officers from the Beaverton Police Department again joined law enforcement agencies across Oregon in the Three Flags Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign.

The enforcement campaign began Monday and will continue through Sunday, Feb. 24. The focus of this campaign is to enforce traffic laws regarding seatbelt use, child booster seats and safety seat restraints, distracted driving involving cell phones and speeding.

“The goal of this campaign is to reduce traffic injuries and deaths by increased education and enforcement,” said Officer Mike Rowe, Beaverton police spokesman.

Oregon law requires there be “proper use” of the entire seatbelt system — that means having the lap belt placed low across the hips and a shoulder belt over the collarbone and crossing the center of the chest. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots.

“If necessary, slide the attachment on the door post up or down to fit the size of you or your passenger,” Rowe said. “Shoulder belts should not be placed under the arm or behind the back — this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in the event of a crash.”

Oregon laws requires children more than 40 pounds remain riding in a booster seat until age 8 or until they are 4-foot-9 in height.

The Beaverton Police Department holds free child safety seat clinics throughout the year. The next two clinics will be on Feb. 16 and March 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kuni Cadillac collision Center, 3725 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd.

“The use of cell phones while driving a motor vehicle is not only against the law and could lead to a traffic ticket, but could cause the senseless death of you or another person,” Rowe added. “The Beaverton Police Department will continue to strive to keep our citizens safe, reminding you that car seats, seat belts and following the posted speed limit are an effective way to protect you and your family.

“Our enforcement efforts will be ongoing as we work with the community to save lives.”

Three Flags campaigns are funded through grants received from the Oregon Chiefs of Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation.