From February 6th through 19th, 2017, deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office will participate in a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use.
Currently, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause nationwide of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.
Oregon law requires children weighing under forty pounds to use a child seat with harness. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here: http://www.carseat.org/Boosters/630.htm
* For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
* Product recalls related to your vehicle's safety belt or your child's safety seat is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.nhtsa.gov/ or check with the product manufacturer.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is committed to ensuring the safety of all individuals who live in and travel through Polk County. One of the most important safety measures individuals can take is buckle up. The enhanced enforcement is funded through USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On January 24th, 2017 just before 11 am Polk County Deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash on Hwy 223E (East Ellendale Rd) at Rickreall Rd. It was reported that there were two vehicles involved, including a travel trailer and that it was blocking all lanes of traffic.
Multiple 911 callers indicated there were injuries and extensive damage to both involved vehicles. Once deputies arrived on scene, they reported that the involved vehicles had caught fire, but fortunately, everyone was out of the vehicles before they were engulfed in flames.
The truck that was pulling the travel trailer was 59 year old Frank Lund, of Alberta Canada. He was driving a Chevrolet 2500 pickup east on Ellendale Rd headed out of Dallas. Mr. Lund had a GPS unit inside the cab of his pickup that had an integrated forward facing dash camera that caught the crash on video. Mr. Lund provided the video to the Sheriff's Office.
The other driver, 27 year old Justin Yarbrough of Eugene was driving a white GMV Envoy. Mr. Yarbrough was heading west bound on Rickreall when he failed to stop at the stop sign prior to entering east Ellendale Rd, which is clearly visible on the video. Just prior to Mr. Yarbrough's vehicle catching fire, he was pulled to safety through the passenger side of his vehicle by citizens who had stopped to help after the crash occurred. The highway was closed for about 2 hours. ODOT responded to the scene to help divert traffic away from the scene. Mr. Yarbrough was transported by ambulance to the Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He has also been cited to appear for failing to obey a traffic control device and careless driving.
Mr. Lund provided the Sheriff's Office with the video footage in hopes that people would slow down and be more aware while they are driving.