Lake Oswego police will temporarily ramp up enforcement for distracted driving
In an effort to help spread awareness for National Distracted Driving Month, the Lake Oswego Police Department is temporarily increasing enforcement in two sections of the city.
From 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 9, the LOPD will conduct an enforcement detail on Boones Ferry Road in the construction zone and on State Street near B Avenue.
"While people are concerned about getting a citation … for being on their cell phone, for example, while they're driving, the bigger picture here is it only takes a moment of inattention to hit a pedestrian or drive outside of your lane and hit another car," said LOPD Sgt. Tom Hamann.
Typically, Hamann said, the department receives grants to fund safety-related enforcement details that deal with issues related to speed, driving while intoxicated and distracted driving. Officers usually work overtime shifts to conduct these enforcements, but when the department receives grant money — and when it coincides with a particular month that is dedicated to spreading awareness of an issue — Hamann said the department tries to make these enforcements more targeted and on a larger scale to have an increased impact.
The locations for April 9 were chosen because they are heavily trafficked areas, Hamann said.
"It's (Boones Ferry Road) a construction zone and for the first half, it's particularly more dangerous and we certainly have had complaints from construction workers about people speeding and being on their cell phones," said Hamann, adding that construction workers have also reported being almost hit by cars. "We're hoping to make people drive a little more carefully in that area."
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