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Stepped Up Enforcement Aimed to Reduce Crashes on Targeted Lincoln County Highways
Lieutenant Kelly Collins
Sergeant Justin McGladrey
Oregon State Police - Newport
Office: (541) 265-5354

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Oregon State Police (OSP) working in partnership with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and ODOT has set their sights on a plan aimed at reducing crashes and associated damage, injuries and deaths on targeted Lincoln County-area state highways.

"Using ODOT traffic crash data, it is very obvious that we have five area highways that need focused enforcement to try and help reduce traffic crashes while having a positive impact toward improving traffic safety in our communities. We've identified the problem areas and will now start working with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office to target these state highways through visible, active enforcement efforts," said OSP Lieutenant Kelly Collins from the Newport Area Command office.
On January 25, 2009, OSP staffing reached a minimum level at the Newport Area Command office to put troopers on Lincoln County-area roads around-the-clock for three days each week. Area state troopers and deputies are now focused on five problem areas within Lincoln County which pose the greatest risk to motorists based on Oregon Department of Transportation crash statistics. Working in partnership with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the five areas slated for increased patrols include:
  • Highway 18 from milepost 0 to 14
  • Highway 101 from milepost 147 to 161
  • Highway 34 from milepost 0 to 14
  • Highway 20 from milepost 0 to 11
  • Highway 20 from milepost 23 to 34
The primary area of focus will be Highway 18 where between 2005 and 2007 there were nearly 130 motor vehicle crashes reported between milepost 0 and 11. Investigations indicated speed was a contributing factor in 49 percent of these traffic crashes. The long term goal of the enforcement efforts is to decrease crash rates within all of the areas by at least five percent over the next year.
The Oregon State Police also wants to remind drivers to pay attention and "move over" for police and emergency workers not only on these sections of highway but also along all roadways.

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.