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Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaign - 11/20/19


News Release from Salem Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: November 20th, 2019 3:30 pm


The Salem Police Department continues its specialized patrols to target those who are driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), will focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired.

As an agency during the month of October, Salem Police officers arrested 58 people for driving under the influence of intoxicants, 2 persons for minors in possession of alcohol, issued 151 citations for driving with a suspended license, 31 citations for driving without a seatbelt, 87 citations for speeding, 14 citations for distracted driving and issued a total of 834 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact and NHTSA are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.


Contact Info:
Lt Debbie Aguilar
Cell: 503-932-5068


Salem Police Investigating Fatal Crash on Portland Rd NE **Update** - 11/12/19


Salem Investigators have identified the victim of yesterday's fatal crash as 60 yr old Salem resident Josephine Watkins.  The victim was struck by a vehicle driven by a 19 yr old driver as she was attempting to cross Portland Rd near Wayside Terrace in a marked crosswalk.  The crosswalk is equipped with functioning warning lights but witnesses stated the lights were not activated at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.  No arrests or citations have been issued at this time.  


The Salem Police Department is currently investigating a fatal crash on Portland Rd NE at Wayside Terrace NE, which has Portland Rd closed in both directions between Hyacinth Rd and Northgate Rd NE.  This stretch of  Portland Rd is expected to be closed  for the next several hours and drivers are advised to use alternate routes. 

On November 11th, 2019 at  6:18pm officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck while attempting to cross Portland Rd, near Wayside Terrace Ave NE.  Witnesses stated that the female pedestrian was crossing Portland Rd in a marked crosswalk when a vehicle travelling northbound on Portland Road struck the pedestrian.  Witnesses to the crash stopped and attempted life saving measures on the pedestrian, who was later prounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of the vehicle stopped and remained on scene and is cooperating with investigators.  There were no injuries to anyone in the involved vehicle. 

This crash remains under investigation and further details regarding the cause of the crash will be released as they become available.  Investigators are currently working to identify the pedestrian and notify her next of kin.



Portland Road closed at Wayside Terrace due to traffic crash. - 11/11/19

Portland Road is closed to traffic in both directions at Wayside Terrace due to a traffic crash.  It is expected this closure will last several hours.  Drivers are asked to use alternative routes.

No additional information is available at this time.