Starting today, February 18, 2022, and running through Monday, February 21, 2022, the Oregon State Police Patrol Troopers from Salem, Albany, Springfield, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Central Point, Portland, Pendleton, La Grande, and Ontario area commands are conducting a high visibility saturation patrol that will be focusing on Interstate 5, Interstate 205 and Interstate 84.
This saturation will be focusing on what OSP refers to as the “Fatal Five” Speeding, Occupant Safety, Lane Safety, Impaired Driving, and Distracted Driving. These 5 driving behaviors are the leading causes of serious injury and fatal crashes.
This is what OSP released on their social media platforms.
We have all seen a huge uptick in the number of people driving crazy on Oregon’s interstates. When we say “crazy” we mean drivers committing what OSP calls the “Fatal Five” Speeding, Occupant Safety, Lane Safety, Impaired Driving, and Distracted Driving. These poor driving practices are the leading cause of serious injury and fatal crashes. Don’t be surprised if you also see Sheriff’s Deputies and Police Officers working these areas alongside OSP. Be safe on the roads it is not just your life on the line.
OSP has released some statistics around what impact this might have on these bad driving behaviors in Oregon.
- Currently, OSP has 410 Sergeants & Troopers in Patrol across Oregon. This number is authorized positions and doesn’t include vacancies, troopers on leave, troopers at training, troopers at court, etc.
- Oregon has about 8,000 miles of state-owned highways, which are primarily patrolled by OSP.
- Oregon has 4.1 million registered vehicles with nearly 3.1 million licensed drivers.
- Those numbers do not include the estimated over 29 million visitors Oregon gets a year.