Today the Portland Bureau of Transportation is updating the speed limit on a portion of SE Duke Street. The new speed limit is 25 mph from SE 52nd to 82nd avenues.
The reduced speed limit supports the City of Portland’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Speed is a factor in nearly half of deadly crashes that occur in Portland. Lower speeds result in fewer crashes. When crashes occur, lower speeds make it more likely that people will survive (see image below). You can learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero work at http://visionzeroportland.com.
If you have questions or concerns about the new speed limit, please email Matt Kelly or call him at 503-823-5831.
Commander Brian Parman opened the meeting with information about the progress in hiring new officers for the bureau. Although nearly 100 people have been hired there are still open positions and it takes 18 month from the beginning of training until an officer is working independently.
Captain Mike Crebs gave a riveting presentation on the Traffic Division. The majority of officers assigned to traffic are motorcycle qualified. These motor officers go through a two week training course in which 50% of those beginning don’t qualify. Once qualified and
Once assigned to the Traffic Division the motorcycle officers usually work afternoon shift and are paid hazardous duty pay. They take their motorcycles home with them and are responsible for their upkeep.
The Traffic Division writes thousands of citations and warnings throughout the year to try to keep the city streets safe and decrease the number of accidents. The division also has a Major Crash Team that is responsible for investigating serious and fatal crashes.
Along with their other duties motorcycle officers work special events, such as parades, athletic events, free speech gatherings.
It is the focus of the Traffic Division to eliminate pedestrian deaths and fatal crashes by 2025 through Vision Zero. Special attention is being paid to High Crash Corridors and drunk or impaired drivers.
He also provided a list of red light and fixed speed cameras (see below):
Red Light Cameras:
NE Cesar Chavez @ NE Sandy Blvd
NE Grand Ave @ E Burnside St
W Burnside St. @ NW 19th Ave (going to be temporarily removed in spring due to construction)
Lieutenant Jason Pearce, who loved the many years he spent working with police dogs, ended the meeting by reminding all of us that the Canine Unit is also an important part of the Traffic Division – if not the most important!
EPIC’s next meeting will be held on March 28, 2018. Join them at that time to Meet the New Chief. Chief Danielle Outlaw will be their keynote speaker. She will share her ideas on the state of the city of Portland and her philosophy of policing in the 21st Century.
Most of us drive to get to where we want to go. Usually we feel safe on the road, but who do we expect to help us when something goes wrong? Who investigates serious vehicular injuries and fatal collisions? Who enforces DUII laws and major traffic crimes? Who provides traffic control for parades, demonstrations and motorcades?
Captain Mike Crebs will address these and other questions about the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division on Wednesday January 24th.
Other agenda items:
Vision for East Precinct
Name Recognition Interaction
Please bring a friend or neighbor. This is a meeting that you won’t want to miss! For more information, contact Dave Smith at Dave.Smith@portlandoregon.gov.