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Tip of the Week April 23, 2018 - 04/19/18

While many of us are looking forward to enjoying the warmer weather, we must remind ourselves that some of our loved ones may find themselves in an uncomfortable predicament.  It could even result in their death.

We are speaking about our pets who accompany many of us on our trips and errands in a motor vehicle.  We should never leave our pet unattended in a parked car.  On warm days, the temperature in a car can rise to dangerous levels in minutes, even with the windows cracked open.

Here on the Oregon Coast, even on what seems like a cool but sunny day, inside car temperatures can become uncomfortable and even dangerously high enough to cause a pet to suffer heat stroke.  Dogs have a normal body temperature of 101 to 102.5 degrees.  They can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a very short period of time before suffering brain damage or even death.  Even immediate emergency care may not save your pet’s life.

The brief stop we plan to make at the store could stretch to 15 minutes or more before we know it.  Our mistake could cost our pet its life.  Leaving the windows cracked won't cool the car enough to protect our beloved pet, even if we have made water available.

Many pets may not care about a trip in the car, but we know that most dogs are excited about car rides.  Most dogs want to go with their owners everywhere, but when the weather turns warm, it may be safer to leave your pet at home or with a trusted friend.

If you observe a pet in a car under this circumstance, call dispatch at 541-265-0777.

For more tips and information, visit our web site at and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Community Presentations: Cascadia Subduction Zone and Distant Tsunamis - 04/19/18

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the American Society of Civil Engineers are coordinating community presentations focusing on what you need to know and how to prepare for distant tsunamis and the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.  The events are open to the public, free of charge, nor RSVP needed. We have also included an update from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) on regional earthquake impacts.

Please see the attached media release for further details on the outreach event date, time and locations.


For more information,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
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(541) 265-4199 Office


Tip of the Week April 16, 2018 - 04/12/18

The following general information regarding safety belt and child restraint laws comes from the Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division.  The specific statutory requirements are found in the Oregon Revised Statutes, Volume 17, under ORS 811.210 - 811.225. (Note: You will have to scroll down to the specific referenced statute number to locate the actual full text).


Oregon law requires that all motor vehicle operators and passengers be properly secured with a safety belt or safety harness, unless all safety-belt equipped seating positions are occupied by other persons. Vehicle owners are required to maintain belt systems in working order. This applies to passenger cars; pickup trucks, motorhomes, and fee-based people transport carrying fifteen or fewer persons. Limited exemptions are allowed under ORS 811.215.


Child passengers must be restrained in child safety seats until they weigh forty pounds or reach the upper weight limit for the car seat in use. Infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both one year of age AND twenty pounds.


Children over forty pounds or who have reached the upper weight limit for their forward-facing car seat must use boosters to 4'9" tall or age eight and the adult belt fits correctly.

There is no Oregon law specifically prohibiting children from riding in the front seat of passenger vehicles.  However, a rear-facing infant seat cannot be placed in a front seating position that is equipped with an airbag because this would violate Oregon's requirement for "proper use" of a child safety seat.  There is a national "best practice recommendation" calling for rear seating through age twelve.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) experts from the U.S. Department of Transportation have published guidelines which would keep children in each type of child seat longer than Oregon law prescribes, in addition to back seating through age twelve.  Click this link to download the latest National Best Practices Recommendations


Belt fit can vary greatly from one vehicle to another and one child to another. If your child meets Oregon's legal requirements for moving from a booster seat to safety belt but you still have doubts about whether your child fits in the belt in your particular vehicle, then the following simple test can help. Place your child in the vehicle without a booster seat and then ask these questions. Until you can answer YES to all of the questions, your child should stay in a booster seat.

1. Can the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat? 
2. Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat? 
3. Does the shoulder belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm? 
4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs? 
5. Can the child stay comfortably seated like this for the whole trip?  


Motor homes are considered passenger vehicles under Oregon law and as such, adult belt and child seat requirements apply also to motor homes --- but only to forward-facing vehicle seating positions (those meeting federal safety standards for seat belt anchorages).  Therefore, occupants should utilize all forward-facing belted positions before using side or rear-facing positions.


Oregon's safety belt law requires occupants of privately-owned commercial vehicles transporting 15 or fewer persons to use safety restraints including occupants of shuttles, taxis, limousines and vans.  Among these types of vehicles, taxi cab drivers are the only occupants exempted from this rule.

We encourage everyone to always be properly buckled into their seatbelt and to correctly keep children in the appropriate safety seat. It CAN and DOES save lives.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 041618-Safety_Belt_Laws.pdf
Sheriff's Office Community Advisory Group Update (Photo) - 04/12/18

Sheriff Curtis Landers announces the 12 member Sheriff’s Office Community Advisory Group, established January of this year, completed a 13-week Citizen Academy which included an introduction to all of the Sheriff’s Office operations.  The group met once a week for 2 hours and received information on several topics related to the Sheriff’s Office including history of the Sheriff; jail operations including corrections health, programs, warrants and food services; support services including records management, evidence, concealed handgun license and civil service; emergency management; animal shelter; and patrol including search and rescue, canine, forest, marine, animal services, investigations and school resource.

The mission of the group is to provide us with community insight relating to public safety priorities and developing crime prevention strategies.  It is another step in increasing our strong partnership with the community, continued transparency and active building of positive relationships. 

“The group has a wealth of knowledge from various experiences and offers a diverse geographic representation of the county,” stated Sheriff Landers.  “They have already assisted in providing advice on a number of topics for the Sheriff’s Office.”

  Sheriff Landers continued, “The group exceeded my expectations for community engagement and our citizens should be proud of the volunteer work the members are doing on their behalf. They demonstrate a commitment to representing the interests of the public”.   

With the knowledge the group has gained regarding Sheriff’s Office operations, they will now meet and transition their focus on priorities for the Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Landers stated, “It is important to have citizen input for prioritizing our community’s public safety needs because we are here to serve them”. 

The commitment to work with communities to address immediate and longer-term crime effects through joint problem solving reduces crime and improves quality of life.  The Sheriff’s Office Community Advisory Group may be asked for input on a myriad of issues to enhance public safety and community engagement. 

One of the recommendations the group provided is to conduct a citizen academy each year to provide the same information to more people in our community.  The citizen academy provided a wealth of knowledge to the group and they believe it should be shared with more citizens throughout our county.  Anyone interested in participating in a future Sheriff’s Office citizen academy can expect an announcement for another citizen academy later this year


(pictured from left to right-Ray Woodruff, Steve Sparks, Randy Getman, Aidan Leavitt, Rick Booth, Misty Lambrecht, Peter Ginter, Ron Pierre, Linda Fitz-Armstrong, William Smerdon, Morella Bierwag, Sheriff Landers, Frank Geltner)

Tip of the week April 9, 2018 - Distracted Driving - 04/05/18

This week's tip regarding distracted driving is especially important. The information comes from Oregon  So what is Distracted Driving?  It is any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving in any of the following four ways:

• Visually  (keeping your eyes on the road)

• Manually  (keeping your hands on the steering wheel)

• Cognitively  (keeping your mind focused on driving)

• Auditorily  (hearing something not related to driving)

Eating, talking with passengers, grooming, watching a video, using a navigation system, and reading are all significant distractions; but cell phone use is the most dangerous because it distracts focus in all four ways: visually, manually, cognitively, and auditorily.

Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. So much so that the National Safety Council has declared April as "Distracted Driving Awareness Month". At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving; a number that has held steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2013, there were 3,154 people killed and an estimated 424,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted drivers. Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk: 10% of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers under the age of 20.

We urge drivers to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving and to take the following pledge to always drive free of distractions.

Take The Pledge

I pledge to:

• Protect lives by never texting, talking on a cell phone, reading, watching a video, or grooming while driving.

• Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.

• Encourage my friends and family to drive distraction-free.


For more information and tips, visit our website at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: Distracted Driving
Tip of the Week April 2, 2018 - BOATING SAFETY - 03/29/18


Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

225 W. Olive Street

Newport, Oregon 97365

Phone: (541) 265-4277

Fax:      (541) 265-4926



Date:           April 2, 2018                            

Contact:       Sheriff Curtis Landers




Summer will be here before we know it and in the coming weeks more people will be pulling out their boats from winter storage in preparation for launch in the waters of this state.  Below are suggestions which can contribute to your safety and add to your boating pleasure.

  • Know the legal requirements for your size vessel. Safety equipment must be accessible and in working condition.
  • Wear your life jackets!!  85% of the boating fatalities could be avoided by wearing a personal flotation device.  Stow them in a readily accessible place. It won’t save your life if you don’t wear it.
  • Have children and non-swimmers wear a personal flotation device.  Each device should be of suitable size for the intended wearer and fit securely. 90% of those who die in boating accidents drown.
  • Be prepared and carry extra equipment such as a bailer (bucket), anchor, first aid kit, visual distress signal, tool kit, flashlight with extra batteries, and a cell phone.
  • Don’t over load your boat.  Follow the recommendations on the capacity plate of your boat.
  • Capsizing, sinking, and falling overboard account for 70% of boating fatalities.
  • If your boat should capsize, your best chance for survival and rescue is to stay with the boat.  Pull as much of your body out of the water as possible to preserve body warmth.
  • Hypothermia can be a killer; keep your body as dry and warm as possible.
  • It is illegal to operate any boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.  Use the designated driver concept; a sober skipper is a must.
  • Stressors such as exposure to sun, wind, cold water, vibration, noise, and alcohol all affect your ability to react.
  • Don’t run out of fuel.  Practice the 1/3 rule: 1/3 for trip, 1/3 for return, and 1/3 for spare.
  • Fuel vapors are heavier then air and collect in the bilge.  Never fill gasoline cans in the boat.
  • When anchoring, use a line that is several times longer than the depth of the water and never anchor by the stern.
  • File a float plan.  Let someone know where you’re boating and when you’ll be back.
  • You’re responsible for damage or injury caused by your wake.  Exercise caution around other boaters and docks.
  • As of January 2009, all persons operating a motor boat greater than 10 horsepower are required to carry a Boater Education Card.  The card shows that the operator has passed an approved boater education course or equivalency exam.

For further information on Boating in Oregon, visit the Oregon State Marine Board web site:

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Submitted respectfully for the last time by:
Kathy Manning, Retiring Administrative Assistant
Ph: 541-265-0652

Attached Media Files: 040218-Boating_Safety.pdf