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Civil War Game Day Reminders - Don't Be Penalized for Bad Driving and Fan Behavior
11/25/2011
Contact Info: Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us
 
Richard Little
ODOT Public Affairs - Region 2
(541) 726-2442
 
Julie Brown
Director of Media Relations, University of Oregon
(541) 346-3185
 
Melinda McLaughlin
Public Information Officer
Eugene Police Department
(541) 682-5124

Police and transportation officials are prepared for Saturday's "Civil War" game day and urge travelers going and through the Eugene area to leave early, be patient, buckle up, pay attention to traffic and road conditions, and have a sober driver behind the wheel at all times.
 
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), a sold-out Autzen Stadium puts an estimated 15,000 extra vehicles on Interstate 5. Coupled with more Thanksgiving holiday weekend travelers, the additional traffic-related congestion will increase travel time and the potential for traffic problems on freeways and secondary roads, including Highway 99W between Corvallis and Eugene.
 
State, county and local police agencies are already stepping up enforcement efforts as part of a nationwide campaign to reduce traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Game day travelers should expect to see more police officers on the road, teaming together with ODOT and local transportation departments to help keep traffic moving through the area.
 
Law enforcement agencies ask game day travelers to keep these simple safety tips in mind:
  • Have a game plan before you leave. Up to the minute road and traffic condition updates are available on ODOT's travel information website at www.TripCheck.com or by calling 5-1-1. For anyone who can't access 5-1-1, road and weather information can also be accessed toll-free within Oregon by calling 800-977-ODOT (6368).
  • Be patient and alert so you can make safe driving decisions.
  • Be aware of alternative routes in case your first travel choice is affected by traffic problems.
  • Avoid distractions and keep your emotions in check while driving and when at the game.
  • Buckle up and have a sober, rested driver.
 
ODOT incident responders will join police officers on the road, available to help throughout the day in the Eugene/Springfield area. One roadway change of note that will affect area traffic:
  • Pioneer Parkway exit on Interstate 105 will be closed for an hour after the game to help control Springfield area traffic. A variable message sign will be posted at the exit and in other locations to advise drivers of potential problems or travel changes.
 
After arriving at Saturday's game, University of Oregon Department of Public Safety (UODPS) Director/Chief asks for everyone's cooperation on game day for the safety of players, coaches, officials, and fans.
 
"Safety is our number one priority. We ask everyone to make positive choices related to alcohol use/possession and personal conduct in and around the stadium," said Tripp.
 
State, county and city police, along with ODOT, encourage reporting any traffic-related incidents and possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).