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Troopers Focus Tuesday Enforcement Effort North of Salem During "Transportation Safety Awareness Month"
Sergeant Bob Charpentier
Oregon State Police - Salem
(503) 934-0313

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Salem Area Command office conducted targeted enforcement efforts Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 north of Salem as part of the month-long focus on transportation safety during "Transportation Safety Awareness Month". The month of May was proclaimed by Governor Kitzhaber as "Transportation Safety Awareness Month" during which several traffic safety community events and enforcement efforts are being held to improve safety for Oregonians.
According to Trooper Andrew Goffrier, on May 17, 2011 six OSP troopers focused enforcement efforts in a ten mile stretch of Interstate 5 north of Salem, known for high traffic crash and high traffic volume rates. During a 3 1/2 hour period OSP troopers issued 35 traffic citations, including 31 speed-related citations and two for Following Too Close. The highest noted speed was 92 mph. Troopers also issued 13 warnings.
According to ODOT, preliminary numbers from 2010 show that Oregon experienced its lowest traffic fatality rate in decades. During the next two weeks additional enforcement efforts will continue locally and around the State including the "Click It or Ticket" campaign beginning May 23rd leading into the Memorial Holiday weekend.
ODOT and Oregon law enforcement agencies urge that no matter how you travel there are some steps you can take to improve your safety and that of those around you:
  • Pay attention: your life depends on it. An inattentive driver is the most common cause of work zone crashes.
  • Buckle up every time. Safety belts and child safety seats (including boosters) are the biggest contributors to saving lives in crashes.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists: Stay alert, be predictable, follow traffic signals, wear light-colored or reflective clothing, and be especially careful at curbs and intersections.
  • Share the road. Don't tailgate and check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Don't drive, walk or ride impaired. Alcohol, illegal drugs and even some legal drugs can reduce the ability to use good judgment.
  • Obey the speed limit. Excessive speed is a factor in many crashes - and the most common one in crashes that result in fatalities.