New grant from Oregon Department of Transportation allows for traffic enforcement missions in 2019.

COURTESY BEAVERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT - Beaverton police squad cars are shown here. The Beaverton Police Department has announced a new year-long campaign aimed at curbing speeders and distracted driving.

The Oregon Department of Transportation will provide funds for "overtime" so officers can spend more time in January looking for people driving over the speed limit or using mobile electronic devices while behind the wheel.

Police say such missions are vital for reducing serious and fatal injury crashes. ODOT will help determine which areas officers should patrol.

The motto for the new campaign is "Reduce Your Speed, Reduce Your Risk," with officers noting that reducing speeds by 10 miles per hour can halve the risk of death for a pedestrian struck by traffic.

"Beaverton Police Department is dedicated to driving down the number of fatal crashes in our city," according to a news release.

Eight fatal crashes occurred on Beaverton streets in 2018, including four involving pedestrians.

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