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Highway 18 Safety Corridor Overtime Enforcement Grant Funds Renewed
03/25/2009
Lieutenant Marlene West
Oregon State Police - McMinnville
Phone: (503) 550-0270

 
Anne Holder, Program Manager
Roadway Safety, Work Zones
& Safety Corridors
Transportation Safety Division, ODOT
Office: (503) 986-4195

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The Highway 18 Safety Corridor is one of six Safety Corridors selected by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to get renewed grant fund awards in 2009 helping Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers dedicate increased enforcement in the area.

 
This year, ODOT grant funds will help OSP provide 955 hours of overtime traffic safety enforcement in Safety Corridors near McMinnville, Salem, Grants Pass, Central Point, Salem, Hermiston and Pendleton. Last year, grant funds were awarded to provide nearly 305 hours of overtime enforcement in each of four different safety corridors. The allocated grant funds will be used by OSP troopers to dedicate 95 hours of overtime enforcement in the 18-mile stretch of the Highway 18 Safety Corridor west of McMinnville, milepost 38.4 to milepost 20.7, near the Spirit Mountain Casino.

 
"We have seen a marked decrease in the number of traffic crashes on this stretch of highway over the last year, for which most of the credit goes to the increased visible enforcement made possible by this overtime grant funding," said OSP Lieutenant Marlene West.

 
According to Lieutenant West, the OSP Patrol Services Division area commander at the McMinnville work site, local troopers working in the area continue to see an impact on traffic flow affected by increased patrolling. "Local residents and our troopers see safer overall driving within the safety corridor that is a direct result of the increased enforcement emphasis during the last 13 years, since this stretch of highway was designated a safety corridor," said West.

 
In 1996, ODOT designated the 18-mile section of Highway 18 between McMinnville and the Spirit Mountain Casino as a Safety Corridor. Last year, ODOT provided grant funding to work additional 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 as indicated on posted signs.

 
In addition to the Highway 18 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); Highway 140 Lake of the Woods (18-mile stretch west of Klamath Falls); Highway 730 (6-mile stretch between the city limits of Irrigon and Umatilla); and, Highway 11 (4-mile stretch near Pendleton).

 
"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.