Barbur Boulevard gets 2 traffic missions in 1 week
Police doubled down on their enforcement of traffic rules on Southwest Barbur Boulevard — citing 33 motorists and warning another 18 just days after a previous safety mission.
Portland Police traffic officers monitored Barbur between Southwest Caruthers Street and 64th Avenue from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, according to a news release.
"Officers were allowed the discretion to issue citations, warnings or classes," a news release reports. "Officers focused on dangerous behaviors and... were free to make traffic stops on drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders."
Police say one woman will face charges after she was pulled over and later found to have an alleged blood alcohol content of 0.17 percent.
Mary Elizabeth Armstrong, a 23-year-old Cornelius resident, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving, according to court records.
Court docs show Armstrong was booked and released from the Multnomah County Jail, while the district attorney's office has already dropped the charge of reckless driving.
A pedestrian died in a crosswalk on Barbur Boulevard several years ago, police say.
This safety mission is part of Vision Zero, a city of Portland initiative to eventually prevent all traffic-related fatalities. Police say they will return for another traffic enforcement mission on Barbur Boulevard as staffing allows.
Police last patrolled Barbur on Monday, May 21, citing 27 drivers at that time.