Oregon Impact’s grant of $1168.20 to conduct DUII enforcement August 18-22 is to provide education to end distracted and driving under the influence of impairment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s award of $2,500 allows the Toledo Police Department the ability to participate with partner law enforcement agencies across the nation in a concentrated effort to enforce seat belt law, specifically focused on the safety of children.
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) crash data of 2015 shows a lack of seat belt or child restraints was the factor in 79 out 289 (35%) motor vehicle fatalities. ODOT estimates at least half the fatalities in 2015 (or 40 persons) were unbelted, and quite possibility could have been prevented if proper seat restraints were utilized. Additional data has shown, when used correctly, seatbelts could reduce the risk of major crash injuries or death at the rate of 65%.
The Toledo Police and Public Safety Department would like to remind its community and visitors to drive responsibly while the nation celebrates this once in a life time celestial event. Please ensure everyone’s safety by driving sober, without distractions, while wearing your seatbelts.