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Overtime Grant Funds Helping OSP Efforts to Reduce Crashes in Highway 140W Safety Corridor
04/13/2012
Sergeant Robert Fenner
Oregon State Police - Klamath Falls
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Peter W. Murphy
ODOT Public Affairs - Region 4
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Grant funding for the Oregon State Police (OSP) from Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was renewed to increase enforcement efforts this year in the Highway 140W Lake of the Woods Safety Corridor. The grant funding helps OSP safety corridor enforcement efforts to improve transportation safety and reduce traffic crashes.
 
"Receiving the overtime grant funds will help put OSP troopers on that section of highway while keeping other troopers available to assist law enforcement agencies and respond to calls on other roads in our area," said Lieutenant Jason Westfall, OSP Klamath Falls Area Commander.
 
Safety corridors are segments of the state highway system that have a local three year average fatal and serious injury crash rate that is at or above 110 percent of the statewide average for similar type of roadways. A Highway Safety Corridor designation involves a cooperative effort of concerned local citizens, legislators, state and local police, local public works agencies, emergency medical service representatives, and ODOT representatives.
 
Anne Holder, ODOT Transportation Safety Division Roadway Safety Program Manager, said the partnerships involving police, ODOT, emergency medical services and local transportation safety groups and citizens are the foundation of the program to improve highway safety and help save lives.
 
OSP is receiving $32,561 in grant funding to provide 513 hours of overtime enforcement between now and September 30, 2012 in the eighteen mile stretch of the Highway 140W Lake of the Woods Safety Corridor between milepost 29 and 47. Common driving errors in safety corridors include speeding, following too close, unsafe passing, and distracted or drowsy driving.
 
"The enhanced enforcement will focus on violations associated with known crash factors as part of our efforts to reduce the number of crashes in this area," said Westfall.
 
OSP and ODOT urge local Klamath County residents to help lower the number of crashes in this area by being aware of the common driving errors associated with safety corridor traffic crashes. Statistics indicated area residents were involved in over a quarter of the crashes within the safety corridor.
 
Since 1989 when the first safety corridor was designated on Highway 62 between Medford and Eagle Point, the Highway Safety Corridor program has helped improve safety and reduce crashes on several state roads. Seven previously designated safety corridors have been decommissioned because of the successful multi-disciplinary approach blending education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical services.
 
Each safety corridor has signs placed on both ends to inform travelers that they are entering areas where they need to pay extra attention and be careful to obey all traffic laws. In some safety corridors where fines are doubled, signs are posted informing drivers that traffic fines double.
 
In addition to the increased enforcement efforts, safety corridors benefit from short term engineering improvements such as enhanced pavement striping, raised pavement markers, rumble strips and enhanced signage.
 
A map of Oregon's Highway Safety Corridors is available on ODOT's website at:
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