North Coast law enforcement agencies have a three-fold message to holiday weekend motorists:

• don’t drink and drive:

• don’t phone or text;

• do buckle up.

With sunshine in the forecast, the North Coast will be getting a lot of visitors to celebrate Memorial Day.

But to ensure everyone has a safe holiday, law enforcement officers will be putting out extra patrols to watch for seat belts, cellphones and drunk drivers.

The Seaside Police Department and Warrenton Police Department were both granted funds to take part in the Three Flags “Click it or Ticket” Safety Belt Enforcement Blitz statewide campaign, from May 21 to June 3.

For the two-week campaign, with grant-funded overtime, Seaside police officers will work to enforce seat belt, child safety seats and speed violations.

Throughout the holiday weekend, additional officers will be focusing on drivers who are under the influence of intoxicants.

Warrenton Police will also be participating, with grant-funded overtime and emphasis on seat belts, child safety seats, DUIIs and traffic violations.

“We plan on having some patrol enhancement and using grant overtime to put some extra officers on patrol,” Warrenton Police Chief Mathew Workman said.

The Astoria Police Department did not receive the grant, however they will have a full-time staff on patrol for the holiday weekend, focusing on traffic.

“We were not a grant recipient this year in the Three Flags program which is funding the SPD and WPD click it or ticket blitz,” Deputy Chief Brad Johnston said.

“We will have our full staffing on for the weekend and they will focus on traffic enforcement. We will not be putting any overtime shifts on the road this weekend.”

A statewide observation survey in June 2011 found 97 percent of Oregon’s motoring public using safety belts, making Oregon one of the three highest belt use states in our country.

Since the 1990 passage of Oregon’s adult seat belt law, observed belt use among the motoring public has doubled from 50 percent to 97 percent, while crash fatality and injury rates have dramatically decreased by 61 percent and 37 percent, respectively.


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