Police: 9 drivers cited for racing on Hwy 42

Police: 9 drivers cited for racing on Hwy 42

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Police cited nine drivers Saturday morning for carelessly driving on Highway 42. State troopers said the drivers were all racing to the Coos Bay area as a group for an annual camping trip.

Dispatchers received reports from other drivers between 10-11 a.m. Saturday  saying that a cluster of "souped-up Hondas and Audis" were speeding and making unsafe passes on Hwy 42.

Police said the group of nine 18-to-23-year-old drivers were all trying to keep up with one another.

Officials said that troopers intercepted the cars on Highway 101, just north of the Highway 42 junction. Each driver was cited for careless driving.

From Oregon State Police:

OSP reminds all drivers to be alert, sober, and obey posted speed limits and traffic control devices including lane markings and signs. OSP appreciates the active involvement of citizens who want to keep our highways safe.

Note: The red Pontiac Firebird in the photograph of the group of vehicles stopped was not part of the group whose drivers were cited.