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The results: 24 citations for speeding in an active school zone, 24 citations for operating a vehicle while using a mobile communication device, 12 citations for a variety of other infractions and 17 written warnings.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: LAKE OSWEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT - Police officers and sheriff's deputIes from several agencies joined the LOPD last week for a citywide distracted-driving detail that resulted in 77 citations and warnings.Officers from the Lake Oswego, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and Wilsonville police departments and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office issued 77 citations and warnings last week as part of an enforcement operation designed to target distracted driving.

The Metro Area Traffic Team (MATT) detail, which lasted about three and a half hours, was conducted on May 9 throughout the city of Lake Oswego, including the school zone along Boones Ferry Road adjacent to Lake Grove Elementary School. In addition to distracted driving, it focused on speed, seatbelt usage and crosswalk safety.

The results: 24 citations for speeding in an active school zone, 24 citations for operating a vehicle while using a mobile communication device, 12 citations for a variety of other infractions and 17 written warnings.

The overwhelming majority of drivers cited were residents of Lake Oswego, according to LOPD Lt. Doug Treat, who added that every day in the United States, approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.

"We encourage all drivers to please be aware of their speeds," Treat said. "And remember, 'Head's up, phones down.' Safety and voluntary compliance is the police department's goal."

— The Review

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