Metro area police conduct distracted driving sting

Metro area police conduct distracted driving sting

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Posted on April 21, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 5:37 AM

PORTLAND -- Police were out in force Monday clamping down on distracted drivers as part of a coordinated metro area campaign.

Oregon State and Tualatin police as well as Clackamas County deputies conducted stings along Interstate 5, aimed at tamping down distracted driving.

Senior Trooper Dan Swift was out looking for distracted drivers along I-5 when he pulled over a man on Monday morning.  Swift said the driver was following other cars too closely, weaving in and out of his lane and accelerating sporadically.

The man said he hadn’t slept and was very tired.

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“He was following too closely, changing lanes, his speed was fluctuating, things that mimic a distracted or impaired driver,” Swift said. “On a freeway the lanes are only 12 feet wide. There’s not a lot of margin for error.”

Swift cited the man for following another car too closely and gave him a warning about staying in his lane.

Law enforcement intends to be out again Friday to deliver more wake-up calls to drivers about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.

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