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OSP Receives Overtime Enforcement Grant Fund from ODOT for Highway 99E Woodburn to Salem Safety Corridor
06/17/2008
Lieutenant Mike Peterson
Oregon State Police - Salem
Office: (503) 934-0311
 
Anne Holder, Program Manager
ODOT Safety Division Statewide Roadway Safety
Office: (503) 986-4195

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The Highway 99E Safety Corridor between Salem and Woodburn is one of four safety corridors around the State selected by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to receive grant funds for extra, dedicated Oregon State Police (OSP) overtime enforcement again this year.
 
For 2008, ODOT awarded the Oregon State Police grant funds to provide approximately 305 overtime hours for extra enforcement in each of the following four safety corridors:
  • Highway 99E Woodburn to Salem
  • Highway 140 Lake of the Woods
  • Highway 730 Irrigon to Umatilla
  • Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) south of Grants Pass to milepost 8
 
"There are currently 12 state highway safety corridors in Oregon," said Anne Holder, ODOT Safety Division Statewide Roadway Safety Program Manager. "Safety corridors are segments of state highways with a fatal and serious injury crash rate at or above 110 percent of the statewide average for the same roadway classification and function."
 
In 2002, ODOT designated the eleven-mile stretch of Highway 99E between Woodburn and Salem as a Safety Corridor. ODOT-provided grant funds during the last two years have allowed OSP to dedicate about 575 hours of overtime enforcement in this area.
 
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 where posted with double fine signs.
 
"Slow down, pay extra attention, and stay focused on the driving task at hand while driving on any highway," Holder said.