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OSP trying to head off “Roadway Departure Crashes”

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Oregon State Police Troopers will be stepping up their patrols along Oregon Highways where there is a high incidence of vehicles simply leaving the road and injuring or killing the occupants. These accidents are said to be caused primarily to speeding, failing to maintaining a lane, failure to drive on the right side of the highway, distracted driving and drunk driving.

Troopers say that that 53% of all fatal crashes nationwide are caused by ‘roadway departure’ crashes. But in Oregon it’s 66%, fully two-thirds. They offer a list of which Oregon Highways contributing to this lamentable figure:

* Highway 26 (east of Sandy) milepost 28 – 37 and milepost 45 – 55 (OSP Portland / Government Camp)
* Highway 101 (Bay City south of Tillamook) milepost 61 – 67 and 76 – 81 (OSP Tillamook)
* Highway 6 (east of Tillamook) milepost 10 – 16 (OSP Tillamook)
* Highway 6 (west of Banks) milepost 30 – 36 (OSP North Plains)
* Highway 26 (east of Seaside) milepost 10 – 15 and milepost 20 – 26 (OSP Astoria)
* Highway 101 (between Depoe Bay and Newport) milepost 127 – 133 (OSP Newport)
* Highway 101 (south of Newport) milepost 148 – 154 (OSP Newport)
* Highway 18 (east of Highway 101) milepost 0 – 10 (OSP Newport)
* Highway 20 (east of Newport) milepost 0 – 5 (OSP Newport)
* Highway 34 (east of Waldport) milepost 0 – 5 (OSP Newport)
* Highway 42 (west of Winston) milepost 75 – 77 (OSP Roseburg)
* Highway 38 (east of Coos Bay) milepost 0 – 10 (OSP Coos Bay)
* Highway 199 (north of Cave Junction) milepost 14 – 24 (OSP Grants Pass)
* Interstate 5 (north of Grants Pass) milepost 70 – 80 (OSP Central Point / Grants Pass)
* Highway 97 (north of Bend) milepost 128 – 133 (OSP Bend)
* Highway 97 (south of Bend) milepost 143 – 158 (OSP Bend / La Pine)
* Highway 20 (west of Sisters) milepost 92 – 97 (OSP Bend)
* Highway 26 (west of Madras) milepost 107 – 112 (OSP Bend / Madras)

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As you can see, the Central Coast has a number of roadways that are targeted for stepped up OSP visibility and patrolling through the end of September. ODOT awarded OSP grant funds to provide over 1,600 hours of overtime enforcement through the end of September 2013. ODOT identified the highway locations after they reviews crash information that point at crash types, causes, dates, days and time of days/nights of occurrence. It is hoped that either through specialized law enforcement or modifications to roadways that these deadly fatality rates might come down.

To learn more about these efforts, click here.

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