No sooner had OSP announced they were beefing up patrols on stretches of highway where vehicles, for some reason, just leave the road, they had another such crash along a targeted stretch of Highway 20, east of Newport Friday afternoon.
As is typical of “Roadway Departure Crashes,” this pickup was headed west toward Newport when, for some reason, it just left the highway, sank into soft dirt off the right shoulder and rolled over, coming to rest on its wheels. Both young male occupants were wearing seat belts and were not injured. They’re both from Newport.
This week, OSP and ODOT announced grant funding for Trooper overtime to step up patrols on stretches of highways statewide that seem to have higher than average “Roadway Departure Crashes,” whether it’s a head on, sideswiping, traveling off the roadway and rolling over or hitting a fixed object like a tree. The added patrols are prescribed in hopes that higher law enforcement presence will reduce what are believed to be the frequent causes of such accidents; DUII, speeding, cellphone activity, pets, attention to small children, any number of distractions.
The enhanced enforcement program runs through the end of September.