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March 26, 2002 00:00


With the good weather and spring coming soon, Portlanders are driving faster on the freeways and major roadways. Higher speeds result in more crashes, serious physical injuries and often death.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division focuses on these danger zones with extra patrol. For example, today, motorcycle and car units conducted extra patrol on I-5 at the Terwilliger Curves. Within a two-hour time period, they wrote citations to more than 58 motorists for driving in excess of 65 MPH in the posted 50 MPH speed zone. The average speed was 72 MPH with some motorists driving as fast as 77 MPH. These citations will cost the violator between $109 and $295, and will also impact the public’s automobile insurance rates.

Commander Bob Kauffman stated: “I want to remind everyone that this stretch of freeway is still the most dangerous portion of I-5 from San Diego, California to Vancouver, British Columbia. Drivers have come to understand this over the years and with increased traffic safety law enforcement have learned to stay below the posted limit. However, every year when the weather starts to improve, motorists tend to speed up. This places us all in serious danger. The Traffic Division will increase traffic safety law enforcement missions on the freeways and major roadways of the City over the next month and continue this effort throughout the summer.”

Police Bureau statistics show that injury crashes totaled 3,200 in 2001. In the first three months of 2001, there were 553 crashes. In comparison, the first three months of this year has more than 587 injury crashes.

Thirty-eight people died from vehicle crashes in Portland last year, and in the first three months, there were 3 deaths. Already this year, there have been 11 deaths. This exceeds the number of homicides in the City.


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Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204



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