Local law enforcement agencies will join in a statewide traffic enforcement “blitz” from Tuesday through Sept. 7 according to a news release from the Bend Police Department. Targets include speeding and texting while driving as well as proper seat belt and child safety seat use.
The effort follows a statewide survey demonstrating widespread improper use of restraints for children. In 2011, among 4-7-year-olds fatally injured in car crashes in Oregon, 33% were using restraints, and among 4-7-year-olds injured in car crashes in the state, 38% were using restraints.
Participating agencies will refer drivers to local car seat fitting events. Upcoming events will take place Wednesday at the Bend Fire Department and Sept. 4 at the Redmond Fire Department. These events continue regularly throughout the year.
The agencies include Bend, Redmond and Prineville police, the Crook and Jefferson County Sheriff Offices and Oregon State Police, according to the release. For more information, visit www.bendimpact.org/car-seat-resources.