November 21, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Police and transportation safety officials are prepared for Saturday's "Civil War" game day and urge those traveling to or through the Corvallis area to do the same. Everyone's game plan should include extra travel time, patience, use of safety restraints, paying attention to traffic and road conditions, and having a sober driver behind the wheel at all times. In addition, those attending the game are asked to make the experience enjoyable for everyone, no matter what team you are rooting for, and to be aware of how you can report disruptive crowd behavior.
According to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) estimates, more than 15,000 extra vehicles will be on Interstate 5 and roads leading to Corvallis on "Civil War" game day, November 24. Football fans going to the game, coupled with the added Thanksgiving holiday weekend travelers and shoppers, will impact travel time and the potential for traffic-related problems on the freeway and secondary roads including Highway 34 and Highway 99W.
Travelers should expect to see more police officers on the road, teaming with ODOT and local transportation departments, to help keep traffic moving while also stepping up enforcement efforts during the holiday period.
Game day travelers are asked to keep these safety tips in mind:
* Have a game plan before you leave. Up to the minute road and traffic condition updates are available on ODOT's travel information website at www.TripCheck.com or by calling 5-1-1. For anyone who can't access 5-1-1, road and weather information can also be accessed toll-free within Oregon by calling 800-977-ODOT (6368).
* Be patient and alert so you can make safe driving decisions.
* Be aware of alternative routes in case your first travel choice is affected by traffic problems.
* Avoid distractions and keep your emotions in check while driving and when at the game.
* Buckle up and have a sober, rested driver.
If attending Saturday's game, all fans are urged to conduct themselves in a manner that is courteous and non-offensive to those around them for the safety of fans, players, coaches, and officials. During the last "Civil War" football game in Corvallis in 2010, eighty-one (81) people were ejected for various violations including possessing alcohol, being overly intoxicated, or acting in a disruptive or inappropriate manner.
"Safety is our number one priority. We ask everyone to make positive choices and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner in and around the stadium," said Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, OSP Area Commander at the Oregon State University office.
Those attending the game are encouraged to report disruptive behavior within the stadium to any OSP troopers, Crowd Management Security, or OSU Guest Services. Additionally, reporting problems inside the stadium can be done by using the "Text to Care" reporting system, texting the word "GO BEAVS" plus your message to 69050. The message should include the reported crowd behavior problem/issue and the location (section, row and seat) where it is occurring. OSU Guest Services will reply, monitor your situation and request additional information, if needed. While this system does receive your phone number, responding staff will not identify you to the individual (s) allegedly causing the problem/issue.
State, county and city police, along with ODOT, encourage reporting any traffic-related incidents and possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).