The Oregon State Police will be leading a saturation patrol on Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) shortly. On May 18 and May 19, Oregon State Police Troopers, Grants Pass Police Officers, and Josephine County Sheriff’s Deputies will be enforcing those driving behaviors most commonly contributing to fatal crashes, which authorities refer to as the FATAL 5.
OSP’s Fatal 5 are Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Usage, Impaired Driving, and Distracted Driving. These categories of traffic violations have been proven to be the primary contributors to serious injury/fatal crashes. These enforcement activities will be focused on the entirety of Highway 199, from the California border to the Grants Pass City Center.
The Oregon State Police would like to remind drivers that the Oregon Department of Transportation has designated Highway 199 as a Safety Corridor from milepost 20 to milepost 27.5. Under ORS 811.483, fines for traffic offenses committed in safety corridors are doubled and fines for certain traffic crimes are greatly enhanced.
These heavy enforcement activities will continue to occur throughout the summer months of June, July, and August.
The Oregon State Police, in conjunction with agency partners, encourage drivers to drive within the posted speed limits and allow themselves sufficient time to arrive safely at their destination. OSP says their primary goal is to ensure that you and your family enjoy a safe commute on Oregon’s highways.