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Enforcement Efforts Continue To Confront Speed Racing (Photo) - 08/12/19

Portland Police's North Precinct continues to put special detail officers aimed at addressing dangerous driving behavior, particularly speed racing. By using resources both on the ground and with the help of our Air Support Unit, officers have been seeking out groups of drivers that are gathering for the purposes of displays of speed. The illegal speed racing community is getting the message that this behavior will result in citations, towed vehicles and arrests.

This weekend, officers on the detail conducted 26 traffic stops, towed four vehicles, and arrested five suspects.

Arrests:

20 year-old Isaiah Lamar Brown for reckless driving, reckless endangering and forgery in the first degree

23 year-old Darling J Hinojosa for reckless driving

22 year-old Guillermo Estrada Vargas for reckless driving

38 year-old Michael Dean Bennion reckless driving, DUII and failure to perform duties of a driver

44 year-old Sean Philip Moore for DUII, reckless driving and five counts of reckless endangering as officers were nearly struck due to Mr. Moore's reckless conduct.

The Portland Police Bureau will continue its efforts in educating community members about the dangers of speed racing. This education will be conducted on our social media platforms and through one-on-one conversations with participants. Enforcement action will also continue against individuals who are suspected of committing these types of crimes.

Irresponsible driving practices can have a deadly outcome. There have been at least 42 activations of PPB's Major Crash Team and 34 traffic related fatalities within the City of Portland this year.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction, and disobeying signals.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work toward reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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