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Extra Patrols Planned on Highway 95 for Boise State / Nevada Football Game Traffic
11/20/2008
Sergeant Jason Reese
Oregon State Police - Ontario
Office: (541) 889-6469 ext. 712

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Due to an anticipated increase in traffic for Saturday's football game in Reno between Boise State University and University of Nevada, Oregon State Police (OSP) and Malheur County Sheriffs Office will be stepping up enforcement efforts on Highway 95 from the Oregon/Idaho border to the Oregon/Nevada border.
 
OSP Sergeant Jason Reese stressed the increased enforcement is needed to prevent crashes where speed, impaired and fatigue drivers are involved in many crashes along this over 120 mile remote stretch between Jordan Valley and McDermitt. Troopers and deputies will be assigned to work this area Friday through Sunday.
 
"Our hope is to reduce the potential for crashes on this stretch of Highway 95," said Sergeant Reese. "Plan ahead, remembering that road and weather conditions can unexpectedly change. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the game and back home, and buckle up because that will be your best defense if you are involved in a crash."
 
Traffic crash statistics indicate that over the last four years between November 15th and November 30th there have been 36 traffic crashes on this stretch of Highway 95. In those crashes, two people were killed and 47 others injured.
 
One tragic example happened during this week four years ago when weather and slick road conditions were factors in a fatal crash near milepost 99 that took the life of a 41-year old mother and her 11-year old son (Crash scene photograph provided with this release).
 
"All football fans and others traveling in this area need to be aware of what they may encounter this weekend and in the coming winter months. We will be out there this weekend to help make sure everyone is playing by the rules on this highway," Reese said.
 
In addition to the extra police patrols, a billboard placed on Highway 95 north of McDermitt near the Oregon / Nevada border is another visual reminder to travelers using this rural southeast Oregon route. Working in cooperation with Meadow Signs and a local property owner one year ago, the Malheur Traffic Safety Commission developed the billboard with a fatal crash scene photograph accompanied by the message ‘Don't End Up Like This. Slow Down & Live'. The double-sided billboard is visible to both northbound and southbound traffic on Highway 95.