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Overtime Grant Funds Helping OSP Efforts to Reduce Crashes in Safety Corridors in Lincoln County
05/23/2012
Lieutenant Justin McGladrey
Oregon State Police - Newport
(541) 265-5354
 
Anne Holder, Program Manager
Roadway Safety, Work Zones & Safety Corridors
Oregon Department of Transportation
(503) 986-4195


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Grant funding from Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will give Oregon State Police (OSP) a boost to increase enforcement efforts this year in two Highway Safety Corridors in the Newport area. The grant funding helps OSP safety corridor enforcement efforts to improve transportation safety and reduce traffic crashes.
 
"Moving into the busiest travel time of the year, the overtime grant funds will help put OSP troopers in these two sections of highway while keeping other area troopers available to assist law enforcement agencies and respond to calls outside of the safety corridors," said Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, OSP Newport 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 $16,430 in grant funding to provide 256 hours of overtime enforcement in each of the following selected safety corridors between now and September 30, 2012:
  • Highway 101 between milepost 128 and 137, a nine-mile stretch between Depoe Bay and Newport
  • Highway 20 between milepost 3 and 18, a fifteen-mile stretch between Toledo and Chitwood
 
Between 2006 and 2010, statistics show there were four fatal and 11 serious injury traffic crashes within the Highway 101 Safety Corridor boundaries. During that same period in the Highway 20 Safety Corridor, there were five fatal and 15 serious injury traffic crashes.
 
Traffic crashes investigated by OSP troopers in both safety corridors reflected similar contributing factors - speed and unsafe turning movements. McGladrey said enhanced enforcement efforts using the overtime grant funding will help troopers focus on all violations associated with known crash factors in those areas.
 
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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