DUII and Seat Belt Enforcement

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:00am

Thanks to grants from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oregon Impact, the Lake Oswego Police Department (LOPD) will be increasing their education and enforcement efforts in order to keep drivers, passengers, and pedestrians safe.

From Wednesday, August 14 through Tuesday, September 3, LOPD and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will use federally-funded overtime to conduct extra, targeted enforcement for DUII drivers. Why? Because crashes involving alcohol and/or other drugs account for nearly half of the fatal and serious injury crashes occurring in Oregon each year.

From Monday, August 19 through Sunday, September 1, LOPD and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will focus on seat belt and child passenger safety seat laws including a law passed in 2017 increasing safety for children under age two. Again, federally-funded overtime will be used.

Did you know...

  • Lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in 22% or 64 of a total 285 motor vehicle occupant fatalities. (2017 ODOT crash data)
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. In 2017, 1,898 children under twelve were injured in Oregon traffic crashes, 9 percent were reported not using a child restraint system. It is estimated that car seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.
  • Safety belts used correctly can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty- five percent.