Friday, June 14, 2013
From May 20 to June 2 the Hood River Police Department conducted its second traffic blitz of the year.
The traffic blitz was part of the nationwide “Click-it or Ticket” enforcement promoted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The emphasis of this enforcement was on speed and seat belts. The police department issued 48 citations in total during this two-week enforcement; 23 of those citations were either for speeding or not wearing a seat belt.
Seatbelt surveys for the City of Hood River were completed before and after the traffic blitz. The results showed approximately 97 percent of drivers in Hood River wear their seat belts.
The state of Oregon’s “observed” seat belt use in 2012 was reportedly 97 percent This average is tied for second-highest among all U.S. states.
Consistent seatbelt use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from crash injury or death, according to USDOT.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge