The Toledo Police Department received a grant award of $2,500.00 from the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the enforcement of safety belt, distracted driving, and speed laws. This grant is designed to address driving fatalities in Oregon. In 2015, 27% of the fatalities in Oregon motor vehicle accidents were attributed to not wearing a seat belt. Speed was a factor in 30% of the traffic fatalities. The use of handheld communication devices while operating a motor vehicle continues to be a major contributor to automobile crashes.
February 6th, 2017 through February 19th, 2017, the Toledo Police participated with other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon with enhanced traffic enforcement focusing on adult and child seat belts, electronic communication distracted driving, and speeding violations. During this time period, the Toledo Police Department dedicated 55.5 hours for traffic enforcement, resulting in 94 traffic stops for 122 traffic violations. This resulted in 40 citations and one DUII arrest.
The Toledo Police Department strives to strengthen the safety of residents through enforcement and education. May 15th, 2017 to May 28th, 2017, Toledo Police will participate with other law enforcement agencies during the nationwide “Click It or Ticket It” campaign. This campaign will focus on nighttime/daytime safety belt use and prohibition of minors in the beds of pickup trucks.