R.J. Marx/Seaside Signal
After a speed reduction from 35 mph to 25 mph on Gearhart Loop Road, a warning period is coming to an end. The reduction went into place Feb. 6.
As of March 1, 49 warnings for speed and other minor infractions have been issued, Chief Jeff Bowman said in his monthly report to City Council. Two speeding citations were also issued. According to Bowman, most of the drivers stopped were unaware at the time that the speed limit has been lowered and many said they never saw the large 25 mph sign with three orange flags.
In his report, Bowman listed one case of auto theft, 18 disturbances, one case of vandalism, one theft in the second degree and one hit-and-run motor vehicle accident. Gearhart police issued tickets for 10 traffic infractions; responded to one case of vandalism; one animal-related incident; and issued 100 warnings for traffic infractions.
Bowman reported three custody arrests involving adults and 53 incidents of assistance rendered. Seven security alarms were set off, possibly in error. Police conducted 476 security checks.
There were three property traffic accidents. No injuries from traffic accidents were reported.