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Traffic Blitz - 02/13/18

Sheriff Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office announced today that his office will join with other law enforcement agencies state wide February 9th to February 18th, 2018 to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities.

* Oregon law requires all occupants to use safety restraints or a child safety system appropriate for their size. Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will be working overtime to focus on proper safety belt use including child seat use, during a nationwide traffic enforcement "blitz" occurring day and night.
* This enhanced enforcement is made possible through grant funding of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by Oregon State Sheriff's Association
* Roadside observations of belt use among Oregon travelers in 2016 revealed 96% of travelers use safety belts. But despite this high use rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of belt use in 27% of daytime and 50% of night time crash. ODOT estimates that at least half of those who died unbelted or 67 persons could have been saved if everyone used safety belts on every trip.
* Safety belts, used correctly, can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty-five percent. Belts are even more effective when used in combination with airbag systems and other not-so-obvious occupant protection features designed into today's vehicles.
* 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.
* 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/

Yamhill County Sheriff Swears in New Corrections Captain (Photo) - 02/13/18

Richard E. Geist Sworn In As Corrections Captain

MCMINNVILLE (OR) -- The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce that Sergeant Richard E. Geist has been sworn in as Captain, Corrections Division, as of February 13, 2018. He was promoted to the position effective February 9, 2018.

Geist was selected through an assessment process that included two other candidates. The assessment center evaluators included a chief deputy, a commander, and a lieutenant from neighboring sheriff's offices, as well as a parole and probation officer from the county, a city administrator, and a community member. Captain Geist has over 20 years of law enforcement experience; he worked for the Portland Police Bureau as a Reserve Police Officer and the Lake Oswego Police Department as a Community Service Officer and Police Officer. Since 2000, he has served the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office in a variety of roles including patrol deputy, detective, field training officer, and as a patrol sergeant. Geist's leadership roles include supervising patrol units, the Special Investigation Unit, and as a Detective Sergeant supervising the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team (YCINT). He holds Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Supervisory certifications from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). In his off time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Becca and spending time with their sons.

Sheriff Tim Svenson said "Our Correctional Facility is a small city unto itself. Captain Geist will be the primary administrator overseeing the 259-bed facility, which has a budget of over $6 million. While Rich has spent his career on the patrol side of the Office, I am confident that he will bring the same success and commitment to collaboration to the jail. He is excited about the opportunity to serve the Office in this new capacity and he looks forward to the opportunity to work more directly with colleagues in our Corrections Division. He has a great team there to work with, and I look forward to the next chapter for the facility under his management."

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Enhanced Patrol in Yamhill County Over Superbowl Sunday - 02/01/18

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols on Super Bowl Sunday in an effort to minimize and reduce the negative impact of impaired drivers on law abiding motorists. These extra patrols will take place on February 4th. The extra patrols are paid for through a grant provided by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

If you plan to host a party or attend a party where alcohol is being served you can take some precautions beforehand to avoid what could be a deadly end to the night.

* If you host a party and provide alcohol, make sure to also include food and non-alcoholic beverages. Monitor your guest's alcohol consumption and take the keys from a guest who has had too much.
* Use public transportation or a taxi;
* Ask a friend who has not been drinking for a ride home;
* Promote the use of designated drivers and stop impaired family or friends from driving;
* Always wear your seatbelt.

If you see a suspected impaired driver please call 9-1-1 and report them. Some signs to look for are:
* Swerving or weaving in and out of a lane;
* Stopping abruptly at traffic signs or signals;
* Making unusually wide turns;
* Driving over curbs;
* Driving with headlights off at night.

"Let's all pledge to plan ahead and make good decisions when it comes to celebrating the big game" said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "Driving after drinking places everyone on the road in danger and could lead to a tragic event. Have fun and above all else, be safe."