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ODOT Overtime Grant Funds Renewed to Put Extra Patrols in Highway 730 Safey Corridor
03/20/2008
Sergeant Allan Muhs
Oregon State Police - Hermiston
Office: (541) 567-3215
 
Anne Holder, Program Manager
Roadway Safety, Work Zones
& Safety Corridors
Transportation Safety Division, ODOT
Office: (503) 986-4195

The Highway 730 Safety Corridor is one of four Safety Corridors selected by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to get renewed grant fund awards that will help Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers dedicate increased enforcement in the area.
 
ODOT recently announced the allocation of grant overtime funds for OSP to provide overtime traffic safety enforcement in four Safety Corridors in the State. Last year, grant funds were awarded to provide nearly 300 hours of overtime enforcement in each of six different safety corridors. This year, OSP troopers will dedicate 305 hours of overtime enforcement in the six mile stretch of the Highway 730 Safety Corridor between milepost 176.6 and milepost 182.6.
 
"As a result of last year's overtime enforcement efforts using the provided grant funds, many local citizens who live along this safety corridor have complimented the extra enforcement and encouraged OSP to keep up the increased patrol presence," said OSP Sergeant Allan Muhs.
 
According to Sergeant Muhs, the OSP Patrol Services Division supervisor at the Hermiston work site, local troopers working in the area have noted a reduction in speed-related citations. "Troopers have said there appears to be safer overall driving within the safety corridor that is a direct result of the increased enforcement emphasis during the last couple years," said Sergeant Muhs.
 
In 2005, ODOT designated the six-mile stretch between Irrigon and Umatilla as a Safety Corridor. Last year, ODOT provided grant funding to work 299 overtime enforcement hours.
Traffic Safety Corridors are designated through a cooperative effort of concerned local citizens, legislators, state and local police, local public works agencies, emergency medical service representatives, stakeholders and ODOT representatives. Signs are placed on both ends of these safety corridors to inform travelers that they are entering these areas where traffic fines double where posted with double fine signs.
 
In addition to the Highway 730 Traffic Safety Corridor, other safety corridors selected to receive overtime enforcement grant funds are Highway 199 (7-mile stretch south of Grants Pass), Highway 99E (11-mile stretch between Salem and Woodburn), and Highway 140 Lake of the Woods (18-mile stretch west of Klamath Falls).
 
"Slow down, pay extra attention, and stay focused on the driving task at hand while driving in these safety corridors or on any highway," said Anne Holder, ODOT Transportation Safety Division, Statewide Roadway Safety Program Manager.