King City police chief warns residents to be careful when outside after dark and explains new distracted driving law

The recent hot weather has caused an increased number of welfare check calls for the King City Police Department. If you are aware of neighbors, relatives or friends who may have a medical issue and you haven't had recent contact with them, you may want to check on the person or request a welfare check by the police department.

While jogging, walking or biking

Many residents try to take advantage of the good weather during early mornings or evenings by jogging, walking or biking. However, when you are engaged in these activities, you need to be mindful that there have been cases in the past when people on bikes or those walking along the side of the road have been injured after being struck by a motor vehicle.

Often the victim of this type of accident has been dressed in dark clothing, making it difficult to be seen by drivers. We suggest that when jogging, walking or bike-riding during dark hours of the day that you do one or more of the following: Wear light-colored clothing or a vest that is reflective, and carry a flashlight or light stick.

In addition, you should carry or wear some type of identification. Identification can be anything from your emergency notification information sewn on your clothing to dog tags on a chain around your neck.

In any case, the information should contain at a minimum the following: name and emergency contact name and phone number.

By adhering to these simple suggestions, you can have a safe jog, walk or ride.

Halloween reminder

This year Halloween is Tuesday, Oct. 31, a time when kids are in costume and out in the community. To assure that the evening is a safe one, parents should accompany their children; stay in neighborhoods that they are familiar with; supply each child with a small flashlight and a form of identification; and inspect all treats before children eat them.

If anything is suspicious, don't eat the material and contact the police at the non-emergency number, 503-629-0111. Drivers on Halloween need to be aware that there will be many young people on the city streets and should exercise extra caution when driving in neighborhoods.

New distracted driving law (HB2597)

During the recent session of the Oregon Legislature lawmakers passed a new law dealing with driving while using an electronic device. Under the new law, it is illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device, including a cell phone, tablet, GPS or laptop. The law takes effect Oct. 1, 2017.

It is legal to use a device when safely parked alongside a road or parked in a designated parking spot. It is illegal, however, to use a device when stopped at stop light, stop sign or in traffic.

The first offense, not contributing to a crash, is a class B violation with a fine of $260. If contributing to a crash, it is a class A violation with a fine of $435.

Drug drop-off day

The next drug drop-off day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at King City City Hall.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

Again, no dumb crooks this month.

Until next time be neighborly, be good and be safe.

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