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Deputies Focused On Occupant Safety During February Mission - 02/06/19

Now through February 17th, deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) will be spending additional time on local roadways enforcing state laws related to seatbelt use, mobile device use and distracted driving.  These patrols are funded through a grant from the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association.

MCSO, along with other Sheriff's Offices from around the state, will be focused on educating drivers and passengers on proper safety belt use, including the correct installation of child safety seat systems.

Drivers and passengers who are cited for failing to use their safety belt, or improper use of their safety belt, face fines of $120 in Multnomah County.  Drivers who are cited for "Operating A Motor Vehicle While Using A Mobile Electronic Device" face fines between $270 for the first offense and fines up to $3,500 and 6 months in jail for the third offense within a 10-year period.

While Oregon continues to rank in the top 10 in the nation for seatbelt use with an average useage rate of 96%, MCSO deputies still respond to dozens of crashes each year that result in injury or fatality as a result of improper seat belt use. 

If drivers have questions about the proper installation of a child safety seat system, or any other seat belt use questions, they should contact their local police department or sheriff's office.

Click It Or Ticket. 

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office 2019 Legislative Agenda - 01/25/19

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is pleased to issue its 2019 Legislative Agenda, for the pending federal and state legislative sessions (Agenda attached). 

“I am looking forward to working with our federal delegation and state legislators over the course of this legislative year. Public safety is a historic corner stone of session; I hope to serve as a resource and further thoughtful conversation as legislative measures about law enforcement and corrections are vetted,” said Sheriff Michael Reese.

Legislative agenda’s identify core values and assess an organization’s role and needs in the intergovernmental arena. Legislative agenda’s help organizations announce priorities despite dynamics unique to session:

  • Roughly 500 registered interest groups lobby 90 legislators and the Governor, each session
  • During Oregon’s last long session in 2017, approximately 2,800 measures were introduced, not including amendments, resolutions, or memorials, resulting in about 755 new laws
  • Of the estimated 2,800 measures introduced, almost 600 measures had demonstrable impacts on public safety
  • Of the 755 new laws, nearly 250 laws were either directly or indirectly applicable to law enforcement, corrections, or business service operations

Prioritized issues are based upon criteria that touch upon intergovernmental responsibilities for property, programming, or monies; gaps in the law, public interest and more. Priorities for MCSO, turn on strategic law enforcement missions, rehabilitative environment in correctional facilities and professional business services.

“The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to advocating for policies that will strengthen community safety, making Multnomah County a better and more just place for all who live here. Our Legislative Agenda prioritizes challenging areas of public safety and attempts to give a voice to vulnerable populations in the County,” said Sheriff Michael Reese.  

 

Attached Media Files: 2019_legislative_agenda.pdf