On Monday, February 17, 2014, law enforcement officers from Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office joined forces to target distracted driving and safety restraint use.

The interagency effort was part of a two-week statewide campaign focused on:

Between 8:00 a.m. and 12 noon, officers participating in the interagency patrol targeted the area between SE Stark Street to SE Foster Road, and SE 82nd Avenue to SE 181st Avenue.

According to ODOT, although Oregonians are buckling up at their highest rate ever, those who do not are twice as likely as belted occupants to die if the vehicle they are in crashes. In 2012, 61 of Oregon’s 198 occupant fatalities were reportedly unrestrained.

Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office join ODOT in urging everyone, every day, to buckle up every time you drive, and keep the phone out of your hands while driving.

Effective January 1, 2014, Oregon’s traffic offense of operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device changed from a Class D violation to a Class C violation. The minimum fine for a Class C violation is $142, and can be as high as $500.