Police make 31 stops during traffic enforcement detail
Lake Oswego Police and motor officers from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Wilsonville Police Department made 31 traffic stops on Sept. 24 as part of a citywide enforcement detail designed to raise awareness and reduce the number of auto-pedestrian accidents in the city.
Officers patrolled the entire city from noon-4 p.m., looking for motorists traveling over the posted speed limit, using an electronic device (cellphone) while operating a motor vehicle, failing to wear their seatbelt and other behavior related to distracted driving.
They also spent part of the afternoon monitoring school zones on Boones Ferry Road near Lake Grove Elementary and on A Avenue in front of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School.
During the 31 stops made by officers, nine citations were issued for speeding in active school zones where yellow warning lights were flashing, a violation of Oregon Revised Statute 811.111 that can result in a citation with an enhanced fine of $325 or more. Nine citations were issued to drivers who were using a mobile electronic device, according to LOPD Lt. Clayton Simon, while others were issued for red light violations, driving while suspended, seat belt violations and other "dangerous driving behaviors."
"The Lake Oswego Police Department is committed to working with the community to create safer streets," Simon said. "We encourage all drivers to be safe while behind the wheel. Safety and voluntary compliance is our goal."
-- Meanwhile, Lake Oswego Police said this week that they arrested eight motorists for driving under the influence in September — six for alcohol-related DUII and two related to drugs — as part of a nationwide enforcement operation conducted during regular-duty patrols.
— The Review