Local Police Focus on Safe Driving

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department plans to crack down on unsafe driving for the next two weeks.

Officers are focusing on drivers who are speeding or impaired or those without their seat belt on. EPD says some areas could have double or triple the usual coverage to get those issues in check.

It might seem simple, but officers say there just aren’t enough people buckling up.

“I think there was 99 crashes in 2011 that were fatal, and 44 percent of those people didn’t have their seat belts on. They probably could have been saved,” said Sgt. Jim Ball, Eugene Police Department.

Officers are also focusing on getting parents to keep their children in booster seats until they’re big enough for seat belts.

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