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This will be the fourth safety patrol saturation in the region since May, yielding nearly 400 citations in that span

COURTESY PHOTO: MCSO - Reader boards will notify drivers of enhanced safety patrols in the French Prairie Area on Saturday. This is the fourth traffice enforcement saturation effort in the region since May.The Marion County Sheriff's Office will be conducting enhanced safety patrols throughout the French Prairie area on Saturday, Sept. 28.

In anticipation of this high visibility effort, Marion County Public Works has placed reader boards in the area cautioning drivers of the enhanced safety patrols.  This is the forth focused traffic enforcement saturation effort this area has received during 2019.

The MCSO's first effort came on May 20-21, several months after a head-on collision on McKay Road in March killed Leonel Sanchez-Jaimes of Salem, Jorge Valdez-Espinoza of Newberg and Joseph Ensign-Lewis of Portland.

The three were the most recent of nearly 10 deaths on the thoroughfare between Highway 219 and Interstate 5 since the summer of 2018.

The May patrols netted 106 traffic stops and 146 citations in eight total hours. Of those citations, 93 were for speeding, 20 of which for speeds between 75 and 90 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.

The MCSO continued its safety patrols on June 26 and June 28, making 84 traffic stops and issuing 116 citations and eight warnings in eight hours.

Of those citations, 68 were for speeding.  Deputies reported speeds as high as 98 mph were encountered in addition to one driver going 60 mph in a 25 mph zone through St. Paul.

On Aug. 21, the MCSO Traffic Safety Team continued its safety patrols, yielding 119 citations and 76 warnings from 148 traffic stops in a 14-hour period.

Of the 119 citations which were issued, 75 were speed related. 

The Traffic Safety Team utilizes a three pronged approach to enhance traffic safety; Education, Engineering, and Enforcement.  As part of these efforts, the Sheriff's Office continues to collaborate with Marion County Public Works, the Oregon Department of Transportation, other law enforcement agencies and community stakeholders to seek out improvements which promote traffic safety on Marion County roadways.

The continued safety patrols have been in collaboration with Marion County Public Works, the Oregon Department of Transportation, community stakeholders and several law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce serious injury motor vehicle crashes in the area.

This upcoming enforcement operation is being funded using grant money provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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