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Two Day Southern Oregon Interagency Enforcement Effort Supports "Transportation Safety Awareness Month"
05/17/2011
Sergeant David Beck
Oregon State Police - Central Point
(541) 618-7946

An interagency traffic safety effort held in Jackson County last week during "Transportation Safety Awareness Month" led to numerous traffic enforcement contacts and several arrests, including two traffic stops that led to the seizure of over 50 pounds of marijuana. 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.
 
On May 6 - 7, 2011, officers from Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Medford Police Department teamed together concentrating increased enforcement efforts on Interstate 5 from the Oregon border to milepost 48. Troopers, deputies and police officers were focused on maintaining a highly visible presence to prevent traffic violations and crashes.
 
During the two-day period participating officers stopped 244 vehicles for traffic violations, issuing 97 citations and 205 warnings. Two traffic stops of note during the enforcement effort led to significant marijuana seizures:
  • On May 6, a trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 7. Subsequent to the traffic stop the trooper located and seized approximately 27 pounds of marijuana and arrested three people on drug-related charges.
  • On May 7, a trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 2. Subsequent to the traffic stop, with the help of an OSP drug detection canine the trooper found approximately 24 pounds of marijuana and arrested two people on drug-related charges.
 
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.