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Oregon State Police
Solar Eclipse 2017 Travel Information
The Solar Eclipse, that will occur on August 21, 2017, is a very rare and wonderful event.  The “Path of Totality” is a 62-mile-wide strip where the sun will go completely dark.  If you are in the path, you’ll witness a corona, where the sun’s light extends out from the darkness of the moon.  Oregon will be the first State to experience the total eclipse in the entire country.  The path will touch land at around 10:15 am on the Oregon coast between Pacific City and Newport.  The path will continue 338 miles across Oregon.  The experience will last only a couple of minutes.  For information about viewing safety, please visit NASA’s how to guide. OSP is asking that everyone #Plan ahead, be #Prepared and above all else Be #Patient
The Oregon State Police will be out focusing on maintaining the flow of traffic as well as enforcing all traffic laws but especially the Fatal 5.  These 5 major categories of driving behaviors contribute to most fatal or serious injury crashes.
·       SPEED
·       OCCUPANT SAFETY       
Important Information:
Per ORS 811.550, stopping, standing and parking are prohibited in most cases.   There are exceptions, but a solar eclipse is not one of them.  With expectations of high traffic volumes, during the week of the eclipse, we are urging motorists to keep traffic flowing and not to stop, even momentarily, along the highways.  This is not only for safety of those traveling, but for emergency vehicles who often use the shoulders of the highways.  Those who do stop on the shoulder of the highway could be cited or towed.
For your road trip to see the Solar Eclipse or any other vacation, it is always the best practice to make sure you are prepared.
i)      Ensure your vehicle is in tip top shape.
(1)  Perform basic maintenance
(a)  Check fluids, tire pressure, wipers, spare tire, etc.
ii)    Know your route
(1)  Have a map of the preferred route you are wanting to take as well as possible detours you might want to take in case of excessive congestion
(2)  If you have a smart phone, save in your browser.
iii)  Have emergency and safety supplies
(1)  Items for your vehicle
(a)  Vehicle Fluids (Motor Oil, Radiator Fluid, etc.)
(b)  Fire Extinguisher
(c)   Roadside emergency kit (Flares, jumper cables and flashlight)
(2)  Items for your passengers
(a)  Drinking water
(b)  Blankets
(c)   Nonperishable food
(d)  Blankets
(e)   First aid kit
(f)  Cash
(g) Medication
(h) Anything else you can’t live without
iv)   Important information to have on hand
(1)  Insurance Agent/Company’s phone number
(2)  Consider joining a roadside help service
(3)  Non-Emergency Numbers
(a)  Oregon State Police Dispatch 800-452-7888
Day of Travel
On the days you will travel, we all hope that the roads are clear, no issues come up and that you reach your destination without incident. Inevitably that is not always the case.
i)      Tell someone your plans.  It is always a good idea to let someone know your planned route, when you expect to arrive/depart and how long you will be away.  It is also a good idea to check in periodically with this person to ensure any deviations in your original plan are communicated.
ii)    Make frequent stops to ensure for safe driving
(1)  Fuel Up
(2)  Use the restroom
(3)  Avoid getting fatigued
(a)  Trade off driving responsibilities if you are able
iii)  Give yourself time.
(1)  You are not going to be the only vehicle on the road, expect delays.  Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination early. 
iv)   Look out for each other
(1)  We all must do our part to be prepared, travel together, be safe and be patient!
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