Thursday, October 21, 2004

Construction zone speed limit enforced by covert cop

On October 21, 2004 at 11:00 am Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies will be out in force on Hwy 26 at Aldercreek Road enforcing the construction speed limit at the approximate 1.5-mile construction zone that is located there.

A Sheriff's deputy will be dressed as a survey worker; the deputy will be equipped with a tripod and will pretend to be surveying the roadways. In reality, the surveying deputy will be equipped with a laser that will be mounted to the top of his tripod. The surveying deputy will be taking speed measurements of traffic as it travels through the construction zone. Additional deputies will be waiting down the road where the surveying deputy will radio the speeds of traffic through the construction zone. The awaiting deputies will stop and cite motorists violating the construction speeds.

This is the first operation of its kind known in the state of Oregon where a deputy enforcing speed laws is disguised as a construction worker. This type of enforcement strategy has been done in the state of Washington and it was quite successful there. It is our intent to get violators to slow down and to think about their speeds prior to entering construction zones.

The media will have access to film deputies who are participating in this project.

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