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Forest Grove businesses sell alcohol to minors, seat belt blitz, February DUII arrests

Two FG businesses sell alcohol to minors

The Forest Grove Police Department teamed up with the Hillsboro Police Department and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission last month to conduct an undercover decoy mission at several local bars and restaurants.

Only two establishments sold alcohol to minors: Forest Grove Liquor and Phil's 1500 Subs. In both cases, the individuals who sold the alcohol were new or inexperienced employees, according to a release from the FGPD.

The following establishments did not sell any alcohol to the minor decoys: Cornerstone Pub and Grill, Tienda La Rosa, Forest Theater, Shriji Food Mart/FG Arco, Maggie's Buns, Ridgewalker Brewery, Kama'aina, Circle Inn Tavern, Jade Green Palace, Lucky Market, Plaid Pantry #99, Smoke 4 Less, Forest Grove Community Center, Yellow Llama, Pizza Schmizza, Tyson's Pub and Grub, Urban Decanter, Buffet Dynasty and La Sierra Cantina.

This mission was part of an ongoing collaborative effort to enforce laws related to the unlawful furnishing of alcohol to minors and to discourage underage drinking, police officials said. More multi-agency operations are planned.

For information on employee training programs and other questions related to OLCC laws and regulation, visit oregon.gov/OLCC.

Seat Belt Blitz results in 1,000 contacts

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Team contacted more than 1,000 drivers about seat belt violations in February during its Seat Belt Blitz campaign.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Department of Transportation teamed up with help from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant for the blitz, which ran Feb. 6 to 19. Officers contacted 1,054 people and found 145 safety belt violations and 355 speed violations. They handed out an additional 726 warnings, which included a variety of traffic-safety violations.

Enhanced traffic enforcement missions will continue later this year.

Oregon law requires infants to ride in rear-facing seats until they are 1 year old and 20 pounds. Children older than 1 and between 20 and 40 pounds are required to be in a forward facing seat. Children who weigh more than 40 pounds must be properly secured in a booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4-feet-9 inches tall. Children older than 8 and taller than 4-feet-9 inches, as well as all adults, must wear regular seat belts.

County arrests 81 for DUII in February

Washington County Sheriff's Office Deputies arrested 81 impaired drivers in February.

A number of these DUII arrests were made by deputies working on grant-funded overtime provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). WCSO will conduct high-visibility enforcement patrols during March with an enhanced emphasis on impaired drivers.

WCSH is encouraging people to enjoy spring break and March Madness basketball celebrations responsibly by identifying a designated driver prior to consuming alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana.

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