Press release courtesy Oregon State Police
State troopers, county deputies and city police agencies along the Interstate 5 corridor from the Oregon border through Roseburg are increasing patrols during a five-day Spring Break period, March 22 – 26. The around-the-clock interagency increased patrol presence will put more police officers along more than 120 miles of Interstate 5, so participating agencies are reminding motorists of the requirement to "Move Over" for police and others working along our highways.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers at the Central Point Area Command office helped organize this multi-agency five day enforcement project blanketing this southern Oregon stretch of Interstate 5. Law enforcement agencies participating are:
* OSP offices at Central Point, Grants Pass, and Roseburg
* Medford Police Department
* Jackson County Sheriff's Office
* Josephine County Sheriff's Office
* Douglas County Sheriff's Office
* Grants Pass Department of Public Safety
* Roseburg Police Department.
OSP Senior Trooper Kirk Freekman stressed that the main goal is to prevent traffic crashes and find those drivers who are posing a danger to other motorists trying to travel safely during Spring Break.
"Our hope is that the visible enforcement presence will remind all drivers to travel safe, obeying our traffic laws no matter where they will be going. We also want motorists to remember they need to be watching for our safety while we work for their safety," said Freeman.
Anyone seeing a possible intoxicated driver or other dangerous driver is asked to call 9-1-1 or OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.
Effective January 1, 2010, Oregon's "Move Over" law had two important additions to the law originally passed in 2003 to increase safety for travelers and those working along our roads. "Failure to Maintain a Safe Distance from Emergency Vehicle or Ambulance" was amended to add roadside assistance vehicles and tow vehicles to the list of vehicles requiring motorists to "maintain a safe distance" when driving up behind or next to when their emergency lights are activated. When not required to change lanes (i.e., two lane road) or if it is unsafe to do so, the law now clarifies that "slow down" means reducing one's speed by at least 5 mph below the post speed limit.
Violation of the "Move Over" law is a class B traffic violation with a listed traffic citation bail amount of $287.
Forty-seven states around the country have similar "Move Over" laws. Over 150 law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 while rendering assistance along America's roads.