Seaside Police Department will be joining forces with agencies across the State putting extra officers on the street from May 21st to June 3rd as part of Oregon’s Three Flags two week seat belt enforcement blitz. Seaside Police will have additional officers working grant overtime to specifically enforce seat belt, child safety seats and speed violations.

On MAY 25th, Seaside Police Department will be conducting an evening seat belt saturation enforcement. Plain clothes officers will be stationed at Broadway & Roosevelt (HWY 101), Broadway & Holladay, Broadway & Columbia, and Avenue A & Columbia throughout the evening looking for seatbelt violation and providing the violator information to uniformed officers in the area for traffic stops and enforcement.

Since passage of the adult belt law in 1990, our statewide crash fatality and injury rates have dropped 61% and 37% respectively while belt use increased from 50% to 97%. And motor vehicle occupant fatalities continue to drop dramatically: from 269 in 2009 to 194 in 2010 (- 28%). Oregon’s 97.0% belt use in 2011 ranks third among all US states.

Still, every 14 seconds, an adult in the United States is treated in an emergency department for crash-related injuries.

So remember Buckle Up! Every Trip – Every Time!

May 25th to the 28th is Memorial Day weekend. Seaside Police will have extra officers focusing throughout the weekend on drivers who are driving under the influence of intoxicants.

If you are going to drink, it is a good idea to think about using a designated driver or calling taxi cab before you get behind the wheel of your vehicle. It is safer and could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

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