A motorcycle officer on loan to the Astoria Police Department from Seaside made 28 traffic stops during 12 hours over a recent two-day period.

Astoria police said the primary purpose of the special patrol is education, so most of the stops resulted in warnings. The violations included failure to obey stoplights and stop signs, speeding and failing to wear a safety belt. The only citations issued were for safety belt violations.

The motorcycle officer was assigned to Astoria to focus attention on traffic concerns raised by citizens who attended several community meetings. Astoria police said community reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.

The enforcement effort is continuing.


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