From May 9 through June 1, 2014, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies will be conducting high-visibility traffic law enforcement to increase public awareness of -- and compliance with -- Oregon's safety-belt and child-restraint laws.
Consistent vehicle-restraint use is the single most effective way to protect motor-vehicle occupants from crash injury or death, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Speeding and driver impairment are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's safety-belt overtime enforcement program is committed to reducing the severity of crash injuries by promoting proper safety belt and child restraint use.
OREGON LAW: A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. A child under 1 year of age or weighing less than 20 pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over 40 pounds but under age 8 or less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder-belt system fit correctly.
For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found here or here.
The extra enforcement is underwritten by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office