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Following Tragic CHP Officer Deaths, OSP Superintendent Urges All Drivers to Pay Attention and Move Over
07/02/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Link to MOVE OVER poster valid 30 days
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2010-07/1002/36494/TSD._MoveOverPoster.pdf
 
Following four tragic traffic-related deaths of California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers in June, Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Timothy McLain today urged all drivers to be watchful for all emergency responders working along our highways and streets during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Three of the four deaths involved CHP officers conducting traffic enforcement contacts or investigating a traffic crash who were killed by inattentive or careless drivers. Two of the deaths happened on the same day, June 22, at different locations.
 
"The loss of these dedicated, hardworking CHP officers out there doing their job is inexcusable," said McLain. "In light of the sadness of the loss to the officer's families and the CHP organization, we hope everyone traveling this weekend will pay attention at all times because there is no excuse for this to happen any day."
 
Starting Friday, July 2nd, through Monday, July 5th, city, county and state police officers around the nation are working to stop drivers before they become involved in an event not worth celebrating. The intensified enforcement effort will lead to more traffic-related stops or responses to other incidents, putting police vehicles and officers near the road requiring driver's to MOVE OVER or slow down at least 5 mph below the posted speed if making a lane change is unsafe or not required.
 
"Whether you are an Oregon resident or visitor traveling in or through our state, remember that all of our neighboring states have MOVE OVER laws similar to ours. If you really care about your police, fire and other emergency responders then watch out for them so they can get back to their families safely at the end of their shift," said McLain.
 
Information about the fallen CHP officers is available on the CHP Badges of Honor webpage at:
http://www.chp.ca.gov/memorial/memorial2010.html.