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Slow down, or risk a pricey ticket: Bend Police crack down on speeding along the Bend Parkway

(Updated: Adding video, comments from Bend Police Officer Tyler Bergeron, Bend Police PIO Sheila Miller)

Bend PD have issues 49 speeding tickets so far in May

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Bend officer Tyler Bergeron reminds drivers the Bend Parkway is NOT a freeway.

“Some people (hit) speeds of 70, 80 miles per hour," Bergeron said Wednesday.

This week, Bend Police are running an overtime detail on the Bend Parkway in an effort to combat excessive speed and dangerous driving.

"The speed limit on the Parkway is 45 MPH," the police department said in a Facebook posting Monday. "You may think that's too slow, but it's the result of the roadway design, which includes short on-ramps, intersections, traffic lights and crosswalks."

“The Parkway, when it was built, was not meant to be a highway," Bend Police Communications Manager Sheila Miller said Wednesday.

Bend Police have so far issued 49 speeding tickets this month. The highest monthly total was in March, at 75 citations.

"We actually have two officers each day working on overtime shift to crack down on the speed, because as most residents of Bend probably can attest to, it can get out of hand," Bergeron said.

Last summer, Bend Police issued more than 250 speeding tickets during a two week crackdown period.

After spotting a speeder Wednesday from his post at the Revere onramp, Bergeron pulled over a Prineville resident going 64 mph on the Bend Parkway.

He was cited for speeding, and got a warning for failing to carry valid proof of insurance.

“Typically, their excuse is that they know, but they’re just either keeping up with the speed of traffic, or they’ll say the speed limit isn’t high enough, or others are going faster," Bergeron said.

On his day shift or night shift, Bergeron says he typically stops between five and 10 cars a day.

As far as consequences are concerned, you can get a $115 ticket if you go anywhere from 1-15 mph over the speed limit, a $165 ticket for going 11-20 mph over and a $265 ticket for going 21-30 mph over the 45 mph. Above that, you can get $440 ticket.

“We hear from people all the time that speeding is a problem in our community," Miller said, "and we want them to to know that we hear them, and we recognize that it is dangerous and it’s a problem."

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