On June 15, 2013 between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., multiple driving complaints were received by OSP regarding a group of vehicles traveling together on Highway 42 westbound from Winston. The vehicles were described as "souped-up" Honda's and Audi's speeding, making unsafe passes, racing, and running cars off the road while trying to keep up with one another.
Senior Trooper Dave Timm and Trooper Josh Mullins from the Coos Bay Area Command office responded to intercept the vehicles and located them on Highway 42 before they reached Highway 101. The troopers conducted a nine-vehicle traffic stop on Highway 101 just north of the Highway 42 junction.
The nine drivers contacted were all males between the ages of 18 and 23. The group said they were traveling together for an annual camping trip at the beach.
Subsequent to the traffic stop and information obtained, including from two witnesses who stopped at the scene, each driver was cited for Careless Driving, class A traffic violations.
OSP reminds all drivers to be alert, sober, and obey posted speed limits and traffic control devices including lane markings and signs. OSP appreciates the active involvement of citizens who want to keep our highways safe.