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.