May 18, 2014 09:10
The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division will be participating in a "Click It or Ticket" seatbelt safety campaign beginning May 19 and ending on June 1, 2014.
This will be the second of three annual traffic enforcement "blitzes" dedicated to proper safety belt and child restraint use.
A statewide observation survey in June 2013 found 98% of Oregon's motoring public using safety belts, making Oregon one of the two highest belt-use states in the country.
Oregon sheriff's offices, local police departments and the Oregon State Police will participate in the safety blitz using federal overtime grants from U.S. Department of Transportation.
Consistent vehicle restraint use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from crash injury or death, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Speeding and driver impairment are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's safety belt enforcement program is committed to reducing the severity of crash injuries by promoting proper safety belt and child restraint use.
Oregon law requires "proper use" of restraints, meaning use of the entire belt system or child restraint as intended by the manufacturer.
For safety belt systems, "proper use" means lap belt placed low across hips and shoulder belt crossing center of the chest over the collarbone. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If the shoulder belt portion of the belt rides up onto the neck or feels uncomfortable, comfort may be increased by using the built-in adjuster or by moving seat position. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back - this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.
OREGON LAW: A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds but under age eight or less than 4'9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204