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Continuing To Hold Illegal Street Racers Accountable (Photo) - 09/09/19

This weekend, extra police resources were assigned to focus on North and Northeast Portland regarding criminal street racing activity. These directed patrols were conducted on Saturday and Sunday nights and resulted in sixteen traffic stops, three vehicles towed and four arrests.

Suspects arrested included:

- Welter, Zachary G., 18, one count of reckless driving and one count of reckless endangering

- Toosovich, Cameron E., 19, one count of reckless driving and one count of reckless endangering

- Drazner, Zachary J., 20, two counts of felony elude, one count of reckless driving, two counts of reckless endangering, witness tampering and a probation violation detainer

- Bolivar, Marcus D., 22, one count of reckless driving and a violation of release agreement

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 45 Major Crash Team activations for 2019.

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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