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Sutherlin Police receive speed enforcement grant

The grant will allow officers to work more overtime hours to focus on speed enforcement.

Posted: Apr 13, 2018 3:15 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2018 7:36 PM

SUTHERLIN, OR. -- The Sutherlin Police Department recently received a speed enforcement grant from ODOT, allowing officers to work more overtime.

The grant from ODOT gives the police department 50 hours of overtime to work with.

Captain Kurt Sorenson with the Sutherlin Police Department said this means officers can come in any time they choose, before or after shifts or even on their days off, and only focus on speeding drivers.

"When the officer is working this grant, the officer is working specifically to find speeding violators," said Sorenson. "So, they will be sitting in speed zones, typically like this, with their radar going, and they're going to stop anybody that's going over the speed limit."

This will also allow them the time to catch distracted drivers, or ones simply not paying attention to their surroundings.

"Those are the kinds of people we want to stop and say hey, pay attention. Pay attention to certain things like your speed, what speed zones you're in, where you are, where you're going, and your surroundings," said Sorenson.

Sorenson said the officers have already started their overtime shifts given to them by this grant, and they'll be keeping their radars ready.

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