REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- During September, the Redmond Police Department conducted grant-funded enhanced traffic patrols. The grants allow the department to deploy additional officers to regular patrol shifts, focused on various locations throughout the city.
RPD officers made a total of 81 motorist contacts, resulting in 50 citations and 49 warnings for speeding, seat belt and distracted driving violations. Seven DUII arrests were also made during these grant shifts.
The goal of these increased grant-funded patrols is to reduce fatalities and injuries through support of traffic safety law enforcement, training and public education. Redmond Police will continue enhanced patrols throughout the year.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month is Here!
October is Distracted Drivers Month and enhanced patrols are focused on impaired drivers as well as educating the community on the dangers of distracted driving.
A distraction-affected crash is any crash in which a driver was identified as distracted at the time of the crash. Distracting tasks can affect drivers in different ways and can be categorized into the following types:
- Visual Distraction: Tasks that require the driver to look away from the roadway to visually obtain information
- Manual Distraction: Tasks that require the driver to take a hand off the steering wheel and manipulate a device
- Cognitive Distraction: The mental workload associated with a task that involves thinking about something other than driving
More than 90% of car crashes involve human error. Being an attentive and alert driver can help prevent crashes that lead to unintentional injury and death.
The National Safety Council works to promote policies practices and procedures leading to increased safety, protection and health in business and industry, in schools and colleges, on roads and highways, and in homes and communities.
Let’s support Distracted Driving Awareness Month this October 2020, marking it’s 10-year anniversary, by practicing safe driving behaviors and pledging to drive distraction-free.
We all deserve to live in communities that promote safe driving behaviors and healthy lifestyles. So, please:
- Focus on Your Drive
- Keep Your Attention on the Road
- Drive without Distractions
The officers of your Redmond Police Department are committed to making Redmond the safest community in Oregon. Preventing, locating and arresting DUII drivers is one of many ways they are working to accomplish this vision. Funding to support these enhanced speed and seat belt enforcement patrols is provided by a Traffic Safety Grant awarded to the Redmond Police Department from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Your Redmond Police Department serves you by responding to nearly 25,000 calls for service a year, with a professional staff of 45 sworn officers and 11 support staff.
Source: NSC analysis of NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data.