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Highway 34 Stretch Between Lebanon and Corvallis - Traffic Safety Enforcement Focus Friday Morning
11/12/2008
Sergant Craig Flierl
Oregon State Police - Albany
Office: (541) 967-2114

On a stretch of highway were about a dozen traffic crashes have happened this month, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Linn sheriff deputies will aim enforcement efforts Friday morning toward hazardous traffic violations this Friday on a Highway 34 from Lebanon to Corvallis.
 
On November 14, 2008 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. OSP troopers and Linn County deputies will work together on the stretch of Highway 34 similar to a joint enforcement effort held late last week in the same area. According to OSP Sergeant Craig Flierl, since November 1st there have been approximately 13 traffic crashes in this area including one that happened during the Wednesday morning commute. "Our goal is to help promote safe driving along this stretch of highway because of the unusual number of crashes that seem to be related to aggressive driving, speeding, and following too close," said Flierl.
 
Officers will also be paying close attention to those drivers who don't move over or slow down when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle. As part of the traffic enforcement efforts, officers will also hand out ODOT brochures about Oregon's "Move Over" law that has been in effect for five years, helping to keep emergency personnel safe as they work along Oregon roads.
 
Seven years ago on Interstate 5 north of Albany an OSP female trooper and an off-duty Albany police officer were killed, and an OSP sergeant was seriously injured, when they were struck while standing on the side of the freeway helping a family in a disabled vehicle. The "Move Over" law (ORS 811.147) states that if you are driving up behind or next to any type of emergency vehicle – police car, ambulance or public safety vehicle – working on the roadside with emergency lights flashing, you must:
 
* Move over to another lane.
* If you cannot safely change lanes, you must slow down.
* In all cases, the driver must try to provide as much room as possible for the emergency vehicle.
 
Failure to comply with the "Move Over" law can result in a fine up to $355. Additional information about Oregon's "Move Over" law is available on ODOT's web site at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Traffic_Enforcement.shtml#Move_Over_or_Slow_Down_Law.
 
According to national and state statistics:
 
* More than 700 police officers have been killed in the last ten years when struck while working along highways.
* Of the 27 OSP troopers who have died in the line of duty, three were hit by cars while stopped on the side of the road.
* Since 2000, nearly 20 Oregon emergency service workers have been killed or injured while responding to an incident alongside the road.