Sting targets drivers for texting, speeding

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by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 8:41 PM

PORTLAND -- Police will be out in full force targeting people who text while driving, speed or don’t wear seat belts during a sting targeting high-traffic areas Wednesday.

Police said the sting will focus on areas along Southeast 82nd Avenue, Interstate 205, and Interstate 84 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“Over the past three years in Oregon, 12 people died in crashes involving an active participant who was reportedly using a cell phone at the time of the crash. Officials say this number could be even higher, because cell phone usage is believed to be underreported,” Oregon State Police said in a prepared statement. “When someone is driving 55 mph, 4.6 seconds of texting is like traveling the entire distance of a football field filled with people, while blindfolded!”

A statewide survey taken in June of 2012 found that 97 percent of Oregonians use seat belts. Still, in 2011, 99 of the people who died in vehicle crashes were not wearing seat belts, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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