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Tigard Police Set To Begin Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign - 08/19/18

The Tigard Police Department will once again participate in a nationwide traffic safety campaign to enforce Oregon seat belt laws. The program is set to begin on August 20 and continue until September 2, 2018. The two-week long blitz is a multi-jurisdictional approach to help ensure motorists respect, obey and understand the importance of using vehicle seat belts. Tigard Police officers will be focusing on enforcement at various times and days during the campaign. This effort is made possible through dedicated federal funding providing overtime opportunities to carry out the program.

 

Recent statistics indicated that Tigard motorists demonstrated nearly 97 per cent compliance regarding passenger vehicle seat belt usage for front-seated occupants. The national average is approximately 90 per cent. While the figures are encouraging, it should be noted that the lack of seat belt use was a major factor in half of all motor vehicle fatalities in Oregon during recent years.

 

The safety campaign also adds that Tigard Police will be enforcing the laws surrounding the use of proper passenger restraints for children. Information regarding guidelines, planned child safety seat installation clinics and correct usage for child safety seats can found at www.oregon.gov

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Tigard Police Reminds Motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (Photo) - 08/19/18

The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday is also one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others on America’s roadways. This year, Tigard Police is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stop drunk drivers and help keep our roads safe. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 18 through September 2, 2018.  Grant-funded overtime will place extra Tigard officers on our streets with the sole purpose of arresting drivers under the influence.

 

Statistics show a frightening trend in drunk driving. One alcohol-related driving death is too many. The statistics are one reason why the Tigard Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to Labor Day festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

 

“We’re stressing the dangers of driving impaired to our community,” said Kathy McAlpine, Chief of Police for the City of Tigard. McAlpine added, “drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually. If you’re out on the roads and you see someone driving under the influence – please call 9-1-1. You could help save a life.”  

 

The Tigard Police Department recommends safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

 

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had one alcoholic beverage –designate a sober driver, take a ride-share or taxi, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and arrange to get them home safely.
     
    For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov

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Altercation Along a Tigard/Beaverton Walking Trail Leads to Stabbing - 08/19/18

**UPDATE**  Investigators believe the suspect, who has NOT been located, likely was walking a dog similar to a Jack Russell Terrier at the time of the assault. Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Tigard Police at 503-718-COPS (2677).

 

Tigard Police is presently investigating a stabbing which occurred on the popular Barrows Park trail. The incident occurred in the area of Horizon Blvd. just south of Barrows in the Progress Ridge area at approximately 5:30 p.m. on August 17. According to witness statements provided to police, a man walking with his dog became agitated following comments made by two men with skateboards who were sitting along the trail. A verbal exchange led the suspect to take out a knife and cut one of the mens leg. While the stabbing took place, the victim's friend hit the suspect on the forehead with a skateboard. The suspect then fled on foot with his dog. The uninjured man called 9-1-1 to report the incident. The victim was transported by ground to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries.

A Beaverton Police officer nearby was first on scene. The location of the incident was later determined to be within the City of Tigard. Tigard Police will be the primary agency heading the investigation.

The suspect is described as approximately early 50s, 6 ft, thick build, darker skin tone and black hair. The suspect will have a visible injury to the forehead. The suspect was also believed to be wearing a teal-colored tank top.

If anyone has information regarding the incident, they are asked to contact the Tigard Police Department at 503-718-COPS (2677).

 

 

 

Pedestrian Fatally Struck In Tigard - 07/25/18

On Wednesday, July 25, a semi-truck struck a 32 year-old man seated in a wheelchair, as he attempted to cross Pacific Highway. The crash occurred at approximately 1:25 a.m. Tigard Police and the Washington County CART (Crash Analysis Reconsturction Team) were called to scene on the 13700 block of Pacific Highway. The northbound lanes of Pacific Highway remained closed until approximately 4:00 a.m. while police conducted the investigation.

Information obtained by police indicates that the victim, Daniel Bullchild, was temporarily residing in close proximity to the location of the crash. At the time of the crash, the victim exhibited signs of intoxication. Bullchild was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash.

No citations were issued to the driver of the truck.