40 citations in traffic safety mission on Powell
During the evening hours of Thursday April 5, members of the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division -- which is partnered with officers from Central, North, and East Precincts -- conducted a "Vision Zero" traffic safety mission along S.E. Powell Boulevard from 12th Avenue to Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard (formerly 39ath). This is a designated high-crash corridor.
Officers focused on dangerous behaviors, and the officers were free to make traffic stops on drivers, pedestrians, and bicycle riders as they saw fit. The officers were encouraged to share information about the Vision Zero program during these contacts. As always, officers were allowed the discretion to issue citations or warnings.
During this traffic safety mission, 40 citations were issued along with 28 written warnings.
The Traffic Division and precinct personnel will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.
A police spokesman told THE BEE, "The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero."