Agency increased traffic enforcement to boost Thanksgiving travel safety

The Beaverton Police Department participated in a national traffic safety campaign with a focus on getting impaired drivers off the road during the week of Thanksgiving.

This high-visibility enforcement effort began on Nov. 22 and ended on Monday, Dec. 2.

As with any enhanced traffic enforcement detail, the Beaverton Police Department also enforced other traffic laws affecting safety within the community.

During the detail, officers assigned to the enforcement campaign contacted 257 individuals.

Of those, they made the following arrests and issued citations for other infractions:

  • Driving under the influence of intoxicants: 11 arrests

  • Other charges: nine arrests

  • Driving while suspended: four citations

  • Improper use of child safety seats: one citation

  • Distracted driving: six citations

  • Improper use of seatbelts: eight citations

  • Speeding: 97 citations

  • Other charges: 32 citations

  • Warnings: 89 issued.
  • “Drunk driving, impaired driving or buzzed driving all have the potential to claim lives, and often will result in jail time,” said Officer Mike Rowe, Beaverton police spokesman. “The men and women of the Beaverton Police Department ask you to please think about this before you operate a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol.

    “It is also important that you read the labels on any prescription medication you take, before consuming any alcoholic beverage. Drinking alcohol while on some prescription medications can increase your inability to safely operate a motor vehicle, and this could lead to serious injury or death.”

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