During this 2017 Spring Break period, 03/24/2017 through 04/09/2017, Newport Police Officers will be focusing traffic enforcement efforts on Distracted Driving-related offenses. Distracted Driving has been identified as one of the "Fatal Five" contributing factors to loss of life in a motor vehicle crash. This traffic safety campaign is an effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes that can result in property damage, injury, and loss of life. We are paying special attention to distracted driving during this time period when there is heavy congestion on our local roadways.
The National Traffic Highway Safety Institute reports that, in 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years of age involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group exhibits the largest proportion of driv¬ers distracted at the time of the crashes.
For more information please visit our website at: http://newportoregon.gov/dept/npd/ or https://www.distraction.gov/. The Newport Police Tip line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.
Effective March 6, 2017, the Newport Police Department will distribute all official media releases through the FlashAlert Newswire system. Local and regional media partners are encouraged to subscribe to this free service to receive future notifications. FlashAlert Newswire provides information to the media for broadcast and web display. In addition, each member organization has its own web page where the public may see their closure status and latest news. Media Releases will continue to be posted to our www.newportpolice.net website, in addition to distribution through FlashAlert Newswire.
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Information released by: Interim Chief Malloy, 541-574-3348