OSP troopers target ‘distracted driving’

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Oregon State Police is trying to raise awareness.

OSP, the Oregon Department of Transportation and law enforcement in Oregon and around the nation, along with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, consider distracted driving to be an emerging highway safety issue that must be addressed.

Distraction is anything that diverts the driver’s attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events.

To put it another way, a distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road, your mind of the road or your hands off the wheel.

When sending or receiving a text, a driver’s eyes are taken off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.

At 55 mph, this is the equivalent to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.

According to ODOT, from 2008 to 2012 in Oregon, 13 people were killed in crashes involving drivers using a handheld mobile communication device to talk or text.

During that same five-year period in Oregon, 65 people died in crashes involving any kind of distracted driver.

Sandy Oktoberfest donates to local nonprofits

The Sandy Oktoberfest Committee recently made its annual donation of funds from the 2014 festival to several nonprofit groups in the Sandy community.

This year’s recipients were AntFarm, the Sandy Fire District, Sandy Pregnancy Resource Center and the Sandy High School Athletic Department.

“The committee felt that these groups do so much for the community, it was easy to select them as recipients for our annual donation,” said Raul Rubalcavd, Oktoberfest chairman.

Any nonprofit group in Sandy that wishes to be considered for a donation in 2015 should direct its request to Bud Abraham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sandy seeks library director

The library director is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Sandy Library and its branch, the Hoodland Library located in Welches.

The library director is a member of the city of Sandy’s management team and represents Sandy and Hoodland libraries as a member of the Library Information Network of Clackamas County.

The new director would plan, organize, direct and promote the activities and goals of the libraries. The work varies, often requiring interpretive judgment, discretion and independent action.

The application deadline is Friday, April 25. The full position listing and application form are available at

Clackamas County Arts Alliance needs volunteers

Clackamas County commissioners are seeking up to four citizen volunteers interested in serving on the Clackamas County Arts Alliance Advisory Council.

The council meets quarterly from 3-5 p.m. the third Thursdays in March, June, September and December.

Applications may be accessed and submitted at

For a paper application form, call Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs at 503-742-4353.

The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 22. For more information, contact Cheryl Snow at 503-655-0525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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