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Highway 34 Traffic Safety Enforcement Effort Between Lebanon and Corvallis
11/14/2008
Sergeant Craig Flierl
Oregon State Police - Albany
Office: (541) 967-2114

A multi-agency enforcement effort focused on a stretch of highway between Lebanon and Corvallis where about a dozen traffic crashes have happened this month was conducted Friday morning. During the pre-announced enforcement effort, there were no crashes reported on this highway stretch and officers reported a high compliance rate with the "Move Over" law.
 
On November 14, 2008 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. four Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, 2 Linn County sheriff deputies, and one Albany police officer were involved in the enforcement effort on Highway 34 with a focus on hazardous traffic violations and increasing awareness about Oregon's "Move Over" law. A unique aspect of today's enforcement effort involved placing riders in four of the police vehicles to count and get a good picture of how many other drivers complied with the five-year old "Move Over" law that states if you are driving up behind or next to any type of emergency vehicle – police car, ambulance or public safety vehicle – working on the roadside with emergency lights flashing, you must:
 
• Move over to another lane.
• If you cannot safety change lanes, you must slow down.
• In all cases, the driver must try to provide as much room as possible for the emergency vehicle.
 
OSP Sergeant Craig Flierl reported a high compliance rate by drivers passing police officers during traffic stops. Of the more than 2,600 vehicles passing the police officer's patrol car as they conducted traffic stops, approximately 84 percent complied with the "Move Over" law. In addition to the compliance survey, participating officers handed out 50 "Move Over" informational brochures to stopped drivers.
 
During the 2 1/2 hour enforcement period, a total of 28 citations were issued for the following violations:
 
• Fourteen (14) citations for speed violations
• Eleven (11) citations for Failure to Maintain a Safe Distance from an Emergency Vehicle (Move Over law)
• Three (3) citations for Following Too Close
 
Officers also issued warnings for 30 traffic violations including sixteen for violation of the "Move Over" law and six speed violation warnings.