Lake Oswego Police issued 47 citations Thursday morning during the department's first school-zone enforcement detail of the year, with the "overwhelming majority" of those citations going to Lake Oswego residents.
The morning detail was conducted from 7:45-9:15 a.m. along Country Club Road, near Lake Oswego High School and Lake Oswego Junior High, in an area marked by flashing yellow lights and enhanced school zone signage.
Forty-one of the citations were issued for speeding, according to LOPD Lt. Doug Treat. The highest speed cited was 40 mph; the lowest was 32 mph. The average speed cited was 34 mph in the posted 20-mph school zone, Treat said.
All speeding citations in an enhanced school zone carry a minimum fine of $320, but Treat said the driver of the car caught going 40 mph now faces a $520 fine. In addition, two drivers were cited for making improper U-turns and one each for unsafe passing on the left, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, cellphone use and failure to obey a traffic control device.
Additional enforcement details will be held later in the school year at school zones across the city, according to Treat, all made possible by a traffic safety grant designed to promote pedestrian awareness and safety.
"We encourage all drivers to please be aware of their speeds in the school zones throughout Lake Oswego," Treat said. "Safety and voluntarily compliance is the police department's goal."
— The Review