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Black Butte Ranch Police Service District Board is accepting applications
The Managing Board of the Black Butte Ranch Police Service District will have two positions to fill effective July 1, 2016. Any Resident or Non-Resident property owner may apply by completing an application. Application deadline is May 13, 2016. Completed applications can be dropped off at the Police Department or given to any current Black Butte Ranch Board Member.
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CPR/FIRST AID CLASS
The Black Butte Ranch Police Department will be hosting another CPR/First Aid Class on:
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016 from 9 AM to 2 PM
To register for the class call the Police Dept
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CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE CLASS
The Black Butte Ranch Police Department will be hosting a Concealed Handgun License Class on:
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016 from 8 AM to Noon
To register for the class call the Police Dept
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BICYCLE ACCIDENTS (A 6 year review)
Prior to the summer season in 2010 the Black Butte Ranch Police Department established a policy of writing reports on injury bicycle accidents on the Ranch. This report is a result of the information we obtained over a five year period of thesnvestigations.
We provided this policy to the Deschutes County 911 Dispatch Center and requested that we be dispatched to bicycle accidents anytime the Fire Department was sent.
Department was sent. During a recent review of bicycle accidents that the Fire Department was dispatched to indicated that the BBRPD was not always advised. Additionally, the Fire Department had a number of “walk ins” to their office which the Police Department was not aware of.
With this in mind the below information still provides us with information of value.
We took reports on a total of 50 reports over the last six years. Reports taken in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the sex of the victim was not recorded.
Of the 50 accidents the injuries were significant enough that the victim was transported to a medical facility 54% of the time. Additionally, 54% of those injured were wearing helmets.
BBR Rules and Oregon Law require individuals under 16 are required to wear helmets. 38% of the accidents involved victims under 16 years old.
The age of those involved in injury accidents is not evenly balanced across age groups. Individuals between the ages of 21 and 50 represent only 16% of those injured while ages 0 to 20 represent 50% of all bicycle accident injuries! The 50+ age group reflects 32%. Males represent 60% of those involved.
We found that 30% of the riders injured were not wearing helmets. Accidents involving those under the age of 16 we found that only 3 of the 19 (16%) were not wearing helmets. Only one of them was transported. On the other hand 13 of 19 (68%) of all of those under 16 years old were transported to a medical facility for treatment.
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Approximately half of the injury bicycle accidents occurred at four areas. While the area of Hawksbeard and Red Clover, where the steep hill with the retaining wall is located, has been identified as a dangerous location yet we have not taken an accident report associated with this location.
The highest number of injury accidents we have recorded (9) is the area by the Fire Station, Hawksbeard between Pinedrop and Stickleaf. Significant injuries have occurred on the hill just north of Bitterroot adjacent to Hawksbeard.
The general area around GMRC is the second highest accident area. This is a high use area and the number of riders are assumable a contributing factor.
The area by the Ball Field (5) and the path between Partridge Foot and Pasqueflower on Ponderosa (5) are the other two locations of high accident occurrences.
Only two bicycle accidents involved a vehicles, one of which was parked. The bicyclist was at fault in the other.
No accidents, 2010 through 2015 resulted in a fatality. Three of the accidents were serious in nature and two of these victims were transported by Air Ambulance.
Although 17 of the 50 victims (34%) involved sustained head injuries not all of them were transported to medical care. Only seven of the seventeen involving head injuries were wearing helmets.
The primary cause of most accidents fell into three main categories; loss of control, speed and inattention. Several bicycle accidents were a combination of these. Very few accidents involved debris or poor visibility on the pathways. Alcohol was rarely a contributing factor.
The Department will continue to investigate bicycle accidents and look to identify causal factors that can be addressed. We also are working with 911 and the Fire Department to ensure we are being notified of all injury bicycle accidents that occur at Black Butte Ranch.
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