The Roseburg Police Department will be taking part in a traffic safety enforcement blitz during the month of February, 2017. This enhanced enforcement is paid from dedicated funding through USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
During designated periods throughout the year, the Roseburg Police Department will have additional Officers on duty who will specifically be enforcing traffic laws, with the focus being on Seat Belts / Child Restraints, Texting and Speed.
* Officers will be working to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" during the month of February. Officers will also be on the alert for persons exceeding the posted speed limit or violating the "hands-free" cellphone law.
* According to the 2016 Oregon statewide observed use survey, 37% of front seat MV occupants do not routinely use restrains. Preliminary 2015 Oregon crash reports indicate 58% of motor vehicle occupant fatalities were restrained, 32% were unrestrained and 9% were of unknown restraint use status.
* Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child car seats increase crash survival by 71% for infants under 1 year old and by up to 59% for toddlers age 1 to 4. Booster seats reduce chance of nonfatal injury among 4 to 8 year olds by 45% compared to safety belt use alone.
* Safety belts reduce the chance of fatal injury to adults by 45-65%.
* Properly using safety belts and child restraints holds a person safely in place and inside the vehicle to prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or crash. Without a belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other, the interior of the car or completely out of the vehicle, greatly increasing chances of serious injury.
* Oregon law requires children less than 40 pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under 1 year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4'9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.
* For help with child car seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or visit your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
An elderly female with dementia who lives in the 2500 block of NW Edenbower was reported missing by her neighbor. There was increased concern for the female's well-being due to the cold, rainy weather. Roseburg Police K9 Iago was deployed to assist with locating her. K9 Iago located the female nearby, curled up on the ground between two cars. The female was transported to Mercy Hospital by ambulance for medical issues due to her exposure to the weather, and later released.