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Police write 53 speeding citations in just two hours on Highway 26 near the Zoo

Posted by on October 12th, 2016 at 3:41 pm

PPB officers camped out on Highway 26 up near the Oregon Zoo to catch speeders. Read their press release below for how that turned out…

53 CITATIONS ISSUED DURING A #VISIONZERO TRAFFIC SAFETY MISSION

News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: October 12th, 2016 3:04 PM
Downloadable file: Vision_Zero.jpg
On Tuesday October 11, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission on the Sunset Highway at the Oregon Zoo overpass. For approximately two hours, officers conducted high-visibility enforcement and education stops.

In total, 53 traffic citations were issued along with three written warnings. The average citation speed was 70 MPH in the 50 MPH zone. This location was selected for the mission due to the number of crashes that occur on the Sunset Highway.

This mission was conducted in an effort to address the high number of traffic crashes this year resulting in serious physical injuries or death. So far this year, 32 people have died in traffic-related crashes.

The Traffic Division and Precinct operations will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

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average 70 in a 50… AVERAGE! exceeding the lawful speed limit by 40%… and this is every day… every day people are going dangerously fast through there…

the freeway needs speed bumps…

rick
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rick

There is so much speeding on the side streets near Sylvan.

rick
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rick

I thought over 34 people have died on Portland streets and highways so far in 2016.

twitchology
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twitchology

i ride my bike to work on the sunset highway everyday and am outraged by these scofflaws jeopardizing my personal safety.

Bob Loblaw
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Bob Loblaw

Since when is that spot considered a high crash corridor? Cars speed there and I speed between them on a motorcycle. Big deal. Go do some real work and figure out how to ticket people for staring at their phones instead of the road.

Spffysux
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You should look up the research thats been done on this. Not going with the flow of traffic is dangerous as hell.

Chasing Backon
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Chasing Backon

I think the state should move the decimal point one place to the right for all moving violations and double the points on your license to make getting a ticket a bigger reminder to people that driving safely helps everyone. Many people would complain and whine, but speeding and distracted driving still risk my sons life daily and until the penalties are stiffer and enforcement more rigorous, nothing will change.

I would hope that moving the decimal point one place to the right would help the police pay for the necessary enforcement and educate people to their inappropriate activities. One can dream

Matt S.
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Matt S.

What do people think of mandatory sentencing for someone that kills a pedestrian via an automobile. Or is there anything like this already in place?