Yamhill Police Department

  • Agency: Yamhill Police Department
  • Address: 205 S Maple St, Yamhill, 97148 OR
  • Chief: Gordon A Rise (Chief of Police)
Phone: (503) 662-3511
Fax: (503) 662-4589

Yamhill Police Department is located at 205 S Maple St, Yamhill, 97148 OR. The Chief of Police of the department is Gordon A Rise. The Yamhill Police Department phone number is (503) 662-3511.

Yamhill Police Department News

THREE FLAGS TRAFFIC SAFETY CAMPAIGN Yamhill Police Department plans increased safety belt enforcement -05/15/2018 to 05/28/2018 News Release from Yamhill Police Department Posted: May 15th, 2018 Chief Graven of the Yamhill Police Department announced today that his office will join with other law enforcement agencies state wide beginning May 15th, 2018 through May 28th, 2018 to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities. This enforcement will coincide with a nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Officers will also be on the alert for persons exceeding the posted speed limit or violating the “hands-free” cellphone law. This enhanced enforcement is paid from dedicated funding through USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With onset of warmer weather, officers will also be checking compliance with laws prohibiting transportation of a minor in an open pickup truck bed. Oregon law requires all occupants to use safety restraints or a child safety system appropriate for their size. This enhanced enforcement is made possible through grant funding of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by Oregon Department of Transportation. Safety belts, used correctly, can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty-five percent. Belts are even more effective when used in combination with airbag systems and other not-so-obvious occupant protection features designed into today’s vehicles. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here: http://www.oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.htm For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer’s instructions, your vehicle owner’s manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm Chief Graven advised the Yamhill Police Department will continue to strive to keep our citizens safe, reminding you that car seats, seat belts and following the posted speed limit are an effective way to protect you and your family. Our enforcement efforts will be on-going as we work with the community to save lives. Violations for not using or improperly using a safety belt, child safety seat or booster seat could cost as much as $115.00 per violation. For more information please call the Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 877-793-2608 or visit www.childsafetyseat.org. Three Flag Blitz campaigns are funded through grants received from the Oregon Department of Transportation. ##YPD##

Newberg-Dundee Police Department P. O. Box 970 401 E. Third Street Newberg, OR 97132 503-538-8321 Brian T. Casey Chief of Police PRESS RELEASE April 26th, 2018 On Thursday, May 10th, 2018 from 6:00 am – 9:00 am, and again from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm the Yamhill County Multi-Agency Traffic Team will be conducting a directed patrol effort on Highway 99W through Newberg and the downtown corridor out Highway 219 toward the Marion County line. This enforcement effort will focus primarily on speed and distracted driving violations but will also be looking for violations including seat belt and proper lane usage. The goal is to reduce crashes and improve pedestrian safety by reducing dangerous driving behaviors through education and enforcement. The Multi-Agency Traffic Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Yamhill Police Department, Amity Police Department and the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office. Sergeant Eric Ronning Newberg-Dundee Police Department 503-537-1226

YAMHILL COUNTY MULTI-AGENCY TRAFFIC TEAM(MATT) PRESS RELEASE April 2018 On Wednesday April 11, 2018 from 5:30 am – 8:30 am, and again from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm the Yamhill County Multi-Agency Traffic Team conducted a directed patrol effort on Highway 99W from the north city limit of Newberg to milepost 19 near the Washington County line. In cooperation with the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon State Police Patrol Division identified five major categories of driving behaviors that contribute to fatal or serious injury crashes. These categories are listed below. • SPEED • OCCUPANT SAFETY ( Proper seatbelt usage) • LANE SAFETY (Driving within your designated lane) • IMPAIRED DRIVING • DISTRACTED DRIVING This enforcement effort focused primarily on speed violations but also looked for violations in the other four categories listed. The effort resulted in the following: A total of 99 traffic stops resulted in the following citations: - 50 Speed - 1 Distracted driving - 2 Driving while suspended - 6 No operator’s license - 2 No Insurance - 2 Careless driving - 5 Fail to maintain Safe Distance from Emer. Vehicle (move over law) - 6 other Along with: - 72 warnings issued The Multi-Agency Traffic Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Yamhill Police Department, Amity Police Department and the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office.

YAMHILL COUNTY MULTI-AGENCY TRAFFIC TEAM(MATT) PRESS RELEASE April 2018 On Wednesday April 11, 2018 from 5:30 am – 8:30 am, and again from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm the Yamhill County Multi-Agency Traffic Team will be conducting a directed patrol effort on Highway 99W from the north city limit of Newberg to milepost 19 near the Washington County line. In cooperation with the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon State Police Patrol Division identified five major categories of driving behaviors that contribute to fatal or serious injury crashes. These categories are listed below. • SPEED • OCCUPANT SAFETY ( Proper seatbelt usage) • LANE SAFETY (Driving within your designated lane) • IMPAIRED DRIVING • DISTRACTED DRIVING This enforcement effort will focus primarily on speed violations but will also be looking violations in the other four categories listed. The goal is to reduce crashes by reducing dangerous driving behaviors through education and enforcement. The Multi-Agency Traffic Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Yamhill Police Department, Amity Police Department and the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office.

DISTRACTED DRIVING PRESS RELEASE March 2018 POLICE WILL UNDERSCORE THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING WITH ENFORCEMENT EFFORT Distracted driving, as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is any activity a driver engages in that undermines safe driving. This can involve eating, drinking, changing a radio station and even talking to passengers. One of the most dangerous activities that undermines safe driving is cell phone use and texting. According to the NHTSA, in 2013, 10 % of fatal crashes in the US were due to cell phone use. That number went up to 13% in 2014, and jumped again to 14% in 2015. Texting is one of the most dangerous activities a driver can engage in. It takes an average of five seconds to read or send a text message. In that five seconds, at 55 mph, a driver can travel the length of a football field. That is more than enough time and distance to go off the road, crash into another vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian. Recent changes to Oregon law prohibiting the use of a mobile communication device while operating a motor vehicle includes any device that has the capability of text messaging, voice communication, entertainment, navigation or accessing the Internet or e-mail. This prohibition not only applies to when the vehicle is in motion but also while stopped at a stop sign, stop light, or when stopped in traffic. The prohibition does not apply if you have safely and legally stopped alongside of the roadway or in a designated parking spot. In an effort to bring attention to problem of cell phone use, texting and distracted driving, patrols for distracted driving will be enhanced throughout all of Yamhill County in March. Additionally, the Yamhill County Multi-Agency Traffic Team will hold a distracted driving directed patrol effort on Tuesday, March 08, from 8 am – 11 am, in the area of Second and Adams, in McMinnville. The Multi-Agency Traffic Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Yamhill Police Department, Amity Police Department and the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office. For more information about Oregon’s law regarding the use of mobile communication devices while operating a motor vehicle, please visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Safety/Documents/HB2597_Summary_for_Public.pdf Media question, please contact Amity Police Chief Chris Bolek (503) 539-4380.

YAMHILL COUNTY LAW ENFORCMENT AGENCIES TEAM UP TO KEEP LOCAL ROADWAYS SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON News Release from Yamhill Police Department Posted: December 19th, 2017 During this Christmas season, law enforcement agencies in Yamhill County are again teaming up with law enforcement from around the state in our commitment to safe holiday travels. Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs and / or Alcohol continues to be a problem year round, but it is especially so during the holiday season. That is why local law enforcement agencies will be working together to seek out and arrest impaired drivers. Officers and troopers from the Newberg-Dundee, McMinnville, Yamhill, Carlton and Amity Police Departments are partnering with the McMinnville office of the Oregon State Police to increase holiday patrols in a concerted effort to minimize and reduce the negative impacts of impaired drivers on law abiding motorists. These extra patrols can be expected now through January 01, 2018. Some of these agencies have extra funds for enforcement from Oregon Impact. However, most agencies are increasing their enforcement with on duty and officers on overtime. Our collective goal is simple; to save lives of motorists and pedestrians in Yamhill County. The local law enforcement agencies in Yamhill County urge motorists to be cautious and think ahead so that this joyful time of year is not ruined with bad memories for years to come. The decision you make today can have long-lasting and painful effects on you, family, friends, and on people you don't even know. Driving while impaired by alcohol, illicit drugs and even prescribed medication is a crime. You will be arrested. The fines are extensive. You will lose your license. Your vehicle insurance rates can become unmanageable and you may even spend time in jail. Have a plan in place to get home safely. Always have a designated driver or an alternate safe means to get home. END

YCAP Mobile Food Pantry is coming to the City of Yamhill Banco de Alimentos Móvil de YCAP viene a la ciudad de Yamhill FREE Fresh Produce! Productos Frescos Gratis! Starting Thursday June 15th 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Empieza Jueves 15 de Junio 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Location: Empty lot across the street from City Hall Lugar: Lote vacio crusando la calle de City Hall

THREE FLAGS TRAFFIC SAFETY CAMPAIGN Yamhill Police Department plans increased safety belt enforcement -05/15/2017 to 05/28/2017 News Release from Yamhill Police Department Posted: April 11th, 2017 Chief Graven of the Yamhill Police Department announced today that his office will join with other law enforcement agencies state wide beginning May 15th 2017 through May 28th 2017 to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities. This enforcement will coincide with a nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Officers will also be on the alert for persons exceeding the posted speed limit or violating the “hands-free” cellphone law. This enhanced enforcement is paid from dedicated funding through USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Oregon law requires all occupants to use safety restraints or a child safety system appropriate for their size. Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will be working overtime to focus on proper safety belt use including child seat use, during a nationwide traffic enforcement “blitz” occurring day and night from Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 28. With onset of warmer weather, officers will also be checking compliance with laws prohibiting transportation of a minor in an open pickup truck bed. This enhanced enforcement is made possible through grant funding of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by Oregon Department of Transportation. Roadside observations of belt use among Oregon travelers in 2016 revealed 96% of travelers use safety belts. But despite this high use rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of belt use in 27% of daytime and 50% of night time crash. ODOT estimates that at least half of those who died unbelted or 67 persons could have been saved if everyone used safety belts on every trip. Safety belts, used correctly, can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty-five percent. Belts are even more effective when used in combination with airbag systems and other not-so-obvious occupant protection features designed into today’s vehicles. Child seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year old by 45% compared to safety belts used alone. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here: http://www.carseat.org/Boosters/630.htm For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer’s instructions, your vehicle owner’s manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/ Chief Graven advised the Yamhill Police Department will continue to strive to keep our citizens safe, reminding you that car seats, seat belts and following the posted speed limit are an effective way to protect you and your family. Our enforcement efforts will be on-going as we work with the community to save lives. Violations for not using or improperly using a safety belt, child safety seat or booster seat could cost as much as $110.00 per violation. For more information please call the Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 877-793-2608 or visit www.childsafetyseat.org. Three Flag Blitz campaigns are funded through grants received from the Oregon Department of Transportation. ##YPD##

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. The following timeline chronicles significant moments in child abuse prevention in the United States. http://www.julietteshouse.com/

The Yamhill Police Department has several bicycles that have been reported as found property. If you are missing a bicycle and have not reported it to the Yamhill Police Department, please give us a call to claim your bicycle. Proof of ownership will be required.

In Oregon, local Crime Victims' Rights Week activities are coordinated by the Crime Victims' Services Division of the Oregon Department of Justice. This year CVSD has coordinated with the National Crime Victim Law Institute to present a panel discussion on bias in the criminal justice system on Tuesday, April 4 at 8:30 am. For more information, go to: https://law.lclark.edu/live/news/35599-crime-victi...

Entry Level Police Officer Position with the Yamhill Police Department. Closing Date: April 10, 2017 How to Apply: Qualified applicants should contact Chief Greg Graven at the Yamhill Police Department or visit or webpage at www.cityofyamhill.com and download an application. Applications are also available at the Yamhill City Hall located at 205 S Maple Street Yamhill.\

Tonight, four Reserve Officers were sworn in during the monthly City Council meeting! I'm honored to introduce Jeff Yates, Dave Thiems, Chris Livingston and Alan Robbins to our community! Please take a moment to congratulate them with us!

THREE FLAGS TRAFFIC SAFETY CAMPAIGN Yamhill Police Department plans increased safety belt enforcement -01/24/2017 News Release from Yamhill Police Department Posted: January 24th, 2017 Chief Graven of the Yamhill Police Department announced today that his office will join with other law enforcement agencies state wide beginning February 6th 2017 through February 19th 2017 to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities. This enforcement will coincide with a nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Officers will also be on the alert for persons exceeding the posted speed limit or violating the “hands-free” cellphone law. This enhanced enforcement is paid from dedicated funding through USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Statewide observation surveys in June 2015 found 97% percent of Oregon travelers routinely using safety belts or child car seats. Not surprisingly, belt use was lower among persons killed in crashes --- 75% among all crash fatalities and only 50% among persons killed in night time crashes, according to ODOT reports. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child car seats increase crash survival by 71% for infants under 1-year-old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged 1 to 4. Booster seats reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight years old by 45% compared to safety belts used alone. Safety belts reduce the chance of fatal injury to adults by 45 to 65 percent. Properly using safety belts and child restraints holds a person safely in place and inside the vehicle to prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or a crash. Without a safety belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other, the interior of the car or completely out of the vehicle which greatly increases chances of serious injury. Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly. . If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here: http://www.carseat.org/Boosters/630.htm For help with child car seats, refer to the seat manufacturer’s instructions, vehicle owner’s manual, or visit your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/ Product recalls related to your vehicle’s safety belt or your child’s safety seat is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.nhtsa.gov/ or check with the product manufacturer. NHTSA mandated observations of state belt use in 2016 revealed that Oregon’s belt use rate is 96%, significantly higher than the national average state use rate of 90%. Chief Graven advised the Yamhill Police Department will continue to strive to keep our citizens safe, reminding you that car seats, seat belts and following the posted speed limit are an effective way to protect you and your family. Our enforcement efforts will be on-going as we work with the community to save lives. Violations for not using or improperly using a safety belt, child safety seat or booster seat could cost as much as $110.00 per violation. For more information please call the Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 877-793-2608 or visit www.childsafetyseat.org. Three Flag Blitz campaigns are funded through grants received from the Oregon Department of Transportation. ##YPD##

YAMHILL COUNTY LAW ENFORCMENT AGENCIES TEAM UP TO KEEP LOCAL ROADWAYS SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON News Release from Yamhill Police Department Posted: December 19th, 2016 During this Christmas season, law enforcement agencies in Yamhill County are again teaming up with law enforcement from around the state in our commitment to safe holiday travels. Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs and / or Alcohol continues to be a problem year round, but it is especially so during the holiday season. That is why local law enforcement agencies will be working together to seek out and arrest impaired drivers. Officers and troopers from the Newberg-Dundee, McMinnville, Yamhill, Carlton and Amity Police Departments are partnering with the McMinnville office of the Oregon State Police to increase holiday patrols in a concerted effort to minimize and reduce the negative impacts of impaired drivers on law abiding motorists. These extra patrols can be expected now through January 08, 2017. Some of these agencies have extra funds for enforcement from Oregon Impact. However, most agencies are increasing their enforcement with on duty and officers on overtime. Our collective goal is simple; to save lives of motorists and pedestrians in Yamhill County. The local law enforcement agencies in Yamhill County urge motorists to be cautious and think ahead so that this joyful time of year is not ruined with bad memories for years to come. The decision you make today can have long-lasting and painful effects on you, family, friends, and on people you don't even know. Driving while impaired by alcohol, illicit drugs and even prescribed medication is a crime. You will be arrested. The fines are extensive. You will lose your license. Your vehicle insurance rates can become unmanageable and you may even spend time in jail. Have a plan in place to get home safely. Always have a designated driver or an alternate safe means to get home. END

Yesterday Chief Graven and Officer Van Cleave had the pleasure of delivering Christmas dinner for several families in our community! Our donor(s) wished to remain anonymous and were not seeking any recognition for their contributions which included ham, rolls, mashed potatoes, beans, olives, gravy, a bottle of sparkling cider and of course a pie from the local Shari's restaurant! The City of Yamhill is honored to have had the opportunity to be involved in such generosity in giving back to the people of this community! From all of us at the City of Yamhill, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope everyone enjoys this holiday season!

Please join us for the City of Yamhill’s 8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, December 9, 2016 6:00pm @ Yamhill City Hall Refreshments to be served immediately following the ceremony in the City Council Chambers The Mayor will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” And special guest, Santa

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT INCREASES PATROLS OVER UPCOMING HOLIDAY WEEKEND News Release from Yamhill Police Department Posted on: August 5th, 2016 The Yamhill Police Department wants to remind motorists of the dangers of impaired driving. This Labor Day weekend local law enforcement agencies will be increasing patrols beginning August 19th through September 5th through funding for enhanced visibility enforcement provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The Labor Day weekend is the last long weekend and families like to get together for activities before the start of the school year and the weather starts to change. Zero fatalities is a common goal among law enforcement agencies and it is an achievable goal if motorists do not get behind the wheel when impaired on alcohol or drugs." If you see a suspected impaired driver please call 9-1-1 and report them. Some signs to look for are: * Swerving or weaving in and out of a lane; * Stopping abruptly at traffic signs or signals; * Making unusually wide turns; * Driving with headlights off at night. If you plan to host or attend an activity where alcohol is being served you can take some precautions beforehand to avoid what could be a deadly end to the family get together. * If you host a party and provide alcohol, make sure to also include food and non- alcoholic beverages. Monitor your guest's alcohol consumption and take the keys from a guest who has had too much. * Use public transportation or a taxi; * Ask a friend who has not been drinking for a ride home; * Always wear your seatbelt; * Promote the use of designated drivers and stop impaired family or friends from driving. Chief Graven wants everyone to have a safe end to the great summer and enjoy the summer weather we have been having by continuing to make responsible choices. END****

YAMHILL POLICE TO CONDUCT PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS * News Release from Yamhill Police Department Posted: June 23, 2016 The Yamhill Police Department with the partnership of a grant from Oregon Impact, will conduct a pedestrian safety enforcement operation on June 28, 2016. The date, times and location is as follows: Date of Operation: Date Time Location, if known Zone Type (e.g. Residential, School Route, Business) 06/28/16 1200-1700 Maple Street//Between Azalea St & Camellia St Residential & School These operations are set to primarily focus on specific pedestrian-related violations, remind motorists of the need to yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks, encourage pedestrians to follow traffic rules related to pedestrian movement, discourage cell phone use while driving and other distracted driving habits. However, any witnessed violations will be subject to enforcement. Motorists are reminded to: * stop for and yield to all pedestrians in a crosswalk * do not pass another vehicle that is stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk * remember that crosswalks may also exist at other locations than intersections along a roadway; such a mid-block * remember that a crosswalk exists, whether marked or unmarked, at any public road intersection * when turning at a traffic signal or while traveling on a one way street, motorists must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which your vehicle is turning or traveling and at least six (6) feet of the next lane * be alert for pedestrians at all times Pedestrians are reminded to: * not walk into or across a crosswalk where a pedestrian control device is erected and displays the message or image not to walk * not to cross a street or roadway between intersections * be mindful and use extreme care when walking with young children who are often unpredictable and can quickly and easily run into traffic or off of a sidewalk into traffic * be alert for motorists at all times

THREE FLAGS TRAFFIC SAFETY CAMPAIGN Yamhill Police Department plans increased safety belt enforcement -05/10/2016 News Release from Yamhill Police Department Posted: May 10th, 2016 Chief Graven of the Yamhill Police Department announced today that his office will join with other law enforcement agencies state wide beginning May 23rd 2016 through June 6th 2016 to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities. This enforcement will coincide with a nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Officers will also be on the alert for persons exceeding the posted speed limit or violating the “hands-free” cellphone law. This enhanced enforcement is paid from dedicated funding through USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Statewide observation surveys in June 2015 found 97% percent of Oregon travelers routinely using safety belts or child car seats. Not surprisingly, belt use was lower among persons killed in crashes --- 75% among all crash fatalities and only 50% among persons killed in night time crashes, according to ODOT reports. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child car seats increase crash survival by 71% for infants under 1-year-old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged 1 to 4. Booster seats reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight years old by 45% compared to safety belts used alone. Safety belts reduce the chance of fatal injury to adults by 45 to 65 percent. Properly using safety belts and child restraints holds a person safely in place and inside the vehicle to prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or a crash. Without a safety belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other, the interior of the car or completely out of the vehicle which greatly increases chances of serious injury. Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly. For help with child car seats, refer to the seat manufacturer’s instructions, vehicle owner’s manual, or visit your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/ Chief Graven advised the Yamhill Police Department will continue to strive to keep our citizens safe, reminding you that car seats, seat belts and following the posted speed limit are an effective way to protect you and your family. Our enforcement efforts will be on-going as we work with the community to save lives. Violations for not using or improperly using a safety belt, child safety seat or booster seat could cost as much as $110.00 per violation. For more information please call the Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 877-793-2608 or visit www.childsafetyseat.org. Three Flag Blitz campaigns are funded through grants received from the Oregon Department of Transportation. ##YPD##