SEASIDE - Seaside Police Department will be conducting an evening seat belt saturation enforcement May 25 using plain clothes and uniformed officers.

Plain clothes officers will be stationed at Broadway and Roosevelt (HWY 101), Broadway and Holladay, Broadway and Columbia, and Avenue A and Columbia throughout the evening looking for seatbelt violations and providing the information to uniformed officers in the area for traffic stops and enforcement.

Fines for not using a seatbelt can start at $110.

“Since passage of the adult belt law in 1990, our statewide crash fatality and injury rates have dropped 61percent and 37 percent respectively while belt use increased from 50 percent to 97 percent,” said Seaside Police Corporal William Barnes. “Motor vehicle occupant fatalities continue to drop dramatically from 269 in 2009 to 194 in 2010, a 28 percent decrease.”

Oregon’s 97 percent 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.

Police will also have extra officers focusing throughout the Memorial Day 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,” Barnes said. “It is safer and could save you thousands of dollars in teh long run."

The penalties for a first DUII offense begin at $1,000, second offense at $1,500 and third offense at $2,000 with a minimum time of imprisonment. The maximum DUII fine is $10,000.

Seaside Police officers have joined forces with agencies across Oregon placing extra officers on the street from May 21 to June 3 as part of Oregon’s Three Flags two week seat belt enforcement blitz.

Additional officers are working grant overtime to specifically enforce seat belt, child safety seats and speed violations.

Fines for violating the speed laws range from $110 to $1,150.

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