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99 Cited During Salem 3 Flags Safety Campaign

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children over the age of 4 in the United States.

Salem Police car

(SALEM) - On Wednesday, the Salem Police Department teamed up with the Marion County Sheriff's office to enforce traffic violations at pre-determined locations with the city limits of Salem.

The main focus was on seatbelt violations along with other observed violations.

Those locations were:

8:30 to 11:00 AM - Commercial at Pine NE

12:30 to 2:00 PM - 12th and Hoyt SE

An undercover officer in plain clothes was utilized as a spotter that called out violations over the radio to nearby waiting officers.

During the enforcement period the majority of the drivers were wearing their seatbelts and obeying state laws.

Our hats go off to those drivers said Salem police Lt. Bill Kohlmeyer.

He added that they would also like to recognize the following commercial motor carriers and their many drivers for seatbelt and equipment compliance: Qwest, UPS, NW Natural gas, Allied Waste, Capitol City Waste and Dallwig Bros

Oregon law requires all persons to wear their safety belts "properly", which means the lap belt is positioned low across the thighs and the shoulder belt is positioned over the collarbone and away from the neck.

Having the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back is prohibited.

The following stats were compiled between the two police agencies.


  • Seatbelts 60
  • Child seat 2
  • Speed 4
  • Driving while suspended 2
  • No insurance 4
  • Equipment 13
  • Moving hazard violation 4

Total citations: 99 - Warnings: 15

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children over the age of 4 in the United States.

Oregon Law requires all children riding in a vehicle be secured in a child seat until they are 40 pounds or 4-years of age.

After that, children need to be in a booster seat until they are at least 6-years-old, and weigh at least 60 pounds.

While not mandated, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends children should use booster seats until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh 80 lbs.

In addition, NHTSA has found children are 37% safer if they ride in the rear seat of a vehicle until they are 12-years old.

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CA February 15, 2007 4:10 pm (Pacific time)

It was GREAT to see our police officers out on Wednesday in my neighborhood, enforcing traffic laws. Even today I have noticed people are driving more cautiously since they saw all the cops out yesterday. Good job!

RJ February 15, 2007 7:05 am (Pacific time) is becoming a more widely read internet site, which they need to be commended for. Salem Police are big on stings which in some cases are warrented. However, I was recently caught in a sting on Wallace Rd and cited $242.00 for a little known law in Oregon. It's not even in the DMV Manual. If you are traveling on a two lane road (such as Wallace Rd and Hope St Intersection) and a emergency vehicle is parked on the shoulder with it's emergency lights on, the driver approaching the emergency vehicle, must move their entire car over into the inside lane. Not just a part of their...The entire car as they pass by the emergency vehicle. I did put on my turn signal and I did get over into the inside lane, however, the passenger side tires were NOT completely in the inside lane. I did make an effort to get over, but was cited because the ENTIRE car was not all the way in the inside lane. The Police Officer who stopped me, did agree with me that I had made an effort to get over, however the entire car was not in the inside lane. Thus, he gave me the ticket. When I went to Traffic Court there were 3, yes 3 people who went before the judge, infront of me, having the very same citation recieved on Wallace Road, the very same day. The public needs to be aware of such a law and follow it for the Safety of our Police Officers in the field. However, the word needs to get out, so us law abiding citizens are not cited and fined for something they didn't know exhited. Perhaps can do an article on little known traffic laws so us law abiding citizens are not forking out monies on laws that we are not aware of and unintentionally break!!

Mojo February 15, 2007 3:40 am (Pacific time)

Good Job Salem Police And Marion County Sheriff's Patrol.

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