Will the LOPD conduct school-zone enforcement details this year?
As a matter of fact, Lake Oswego Police officers will conduct the department's first school-zone enforcement detail of the year next week, with the goal of increasing safety in school zones and reducing the number of auto-pedestrian accidents within the City of Lake Oswego.
The grant-funded detail will be conducted from 7:55-9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, along Country Club Road, near Lake Oswego High School and Lake Oswego Junior High, in an area marked by flashing yellow lights and enhanced school zone signage.
Forty-seven citations were issued during a similar operation in 2017, including 41 for speeding. (Other violations included making improper U-turns, unsafe passing on the left, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, cellphone use and failure to obey a traffic control device.) The highest speed cited was 40 mph; the lowest was 32 mph. The average speed cited was 34 mph in the posted 20-mph school zone, police said.
All speeding citations in an enhanced school zone are a violation of Oregon Revised Statute 811.111 and can result in a citation with an enhanced fine of $325 or more. Additional enforcement details will be held later in the school year at school zones across the city, all made possible by a traffic safety grant designed to promote pedestrian awareness and safety.
For more information, contact me at 503-635-0240.
— Lt. Clayton Simon
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