The Lincoln City Police Department, working in partnership with Oregon Impact, have received three traffic safety grants for 2019-2020. The grant funds in the amount of $6500.00 are for Enhanced DUII Enforcement, Distracted Driving Enforcement, and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement.
The Enhanced DUII Enforcement funds will put extra officers on patrol specifically to seek out drivers who are operating their vehicles while impaired and remove them from the roadways. The enforcement operations will occur in conjunction with the National High Visibility Enforcement event time periods, which are designed to increase the number of patrol officers on the streets nationwide with an emphasis on seeking out drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The Distracted Driving Enforcement funds, in the amount of $2,000.00, will step-up the stopping and writing of tickets to drivers who are using their cell phones or other electronic devices while operating their vehicles.
The Pedestrian Safety Enforcement funds, in the amount of $2,000.00, will help conduct specific operations where a decoy pedestrian will cross the roadways in a designated crosswalk while an officer acting as an observer will watch for violators. When a pedestrian’s right-of-way is violated a nearby officer in a patrol car will pull the violator over and admonish the mistake or write a ticket. Crosswalk violations are very expensive.
The grant funds were made possible through Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.