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Eugene Police Hold Traffic Stings

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department will hold its second traffic sting in a couple of weeks to remind drivers to stay off their cell phones and to drive the speed limit.

Police handed out dozens of citations Wednesday during their first undercover operation, near Valley River Center, including 45 tickets for cell phone use and 14 for driving uninsured. Police say nine people were caught without their seat belts, three for speeding and two for running red lights.

On March 18, police will conduct the same sting, but this time it will be along 7th Avenue where it intersects I-105. Business owners and employees in the area say that intersection gets a lot of action, especially during those commute hours and the lunch hours.

People in that area say the work is appreciated.

“I think it all depends on the people, like if they actually drive the speed limit, they shouldn’t have problems stopping in time for the lights….I think it’s a wonderful idea that they’re doing the sting,” said Kearney Terhune.

Overall, police handed out 93 citations from about 9 a.m. until about 5:30 p.m. Twenty-six drivers got off with a warning, but police say you shouldn’t count on that. Just obey all traffic laws all the time and you’ll be fine.

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  1. Citizen says:

    How about asking why this isn’t going on all the time?
    I don’t consider this a “sting”!
    This is supposed to be daily business for the police.

  2. Robert says:

    Are you kidding me, they all speed, and they all tailgate if your not going as fast as they want you to go they tailgate you, cut you off, flip you off etc… I had a lady give me a dirty look after she finally passed me on 11th in Eugene as I was traveling 30mph, because I wasn’t going as fast as she wanted me to… (she tailgated me, I mean right on my back end) because it was foggy and wet. Even if its a perfect day out I DO NOT have to drive 35mph, that is a max speed. And five under is not impeding traffic. Although most of the idiots out there think you must go the max speed and if you don’t its okay for them to tailgate if you don’t! I don’t get, what is the damn hurry you people got no where to go… You ain’t going to get there much faster (maybe two minutes going clear across town) by breaking traffic laws. But then again, most people out there don’t have a clue about what they’re doing when driving nor do they know traffic laws, and I don’t think they care anyway its about them and who they’re looking to kill ….

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