Oregon's Move Over Law which requires motorist to move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles ( fire, police, ambulance, tow trucks and roadside assistance vehicles) will now include disabled vehicles starting January 1st.
Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.147 Failure to Maintain a Safe Distance From a Motor Vehicle includes all of the same rules regarding stopped emergency vehicles but now requires motorist to move over for a vehicle that is stopped and is displaying required warning lights or hazard lights, or indicating distress by using emergency flares or posting emergency signs.
Failure to move over or reduce your speed by 5 mph under the post speed could get you a Class B Traffic Violation or a $260 fine.
This is a press release from the Oregon State Police.
OSP will be increasing patrols during the holidays running December 13th through January 1st, 2018.
OSP will be emphasis will be on the Fatal 5 driving behaviors, which lead to serious injury and fatal crashes. Those are Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Usage, Impaired Driving and Distracted Driving. OSP is asking motorists to report dangerous drivers and those believed to be impaired.
AAA projects a record-breaking holiday travel season this year with about a third of the population traveling for the Christmas and New Year holidays! That adds up to a whopping 107 million Americans including more than 1.3 million Oregonians. The vast majority--91 percent--will take a holiday road trip. AAA expects to rescue more than 901,600 drivers nationally and 12,000 in Oregon over the holiday travel period, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires, lockouts and vehicle tows. Make sure you and your vehicle are ready for winter driving conditions. Pack an emergency kit as well as food and water for you and your passengers, including your four-footed family members. Bring extra jackets, gloves, blankets and warm clothing. And don't blindly follow your GPS--if it directs you to a road that doesn't appear to be maintained or well-traveled, turn around!
As with other holiday weekends OSP is urging motorists to plan ahead, expect heavy traffic, expect poor driving conditions with rain expected at lower elevations and snow in the mountain passes, and take your time. Know your route and the road conditions before traveling by going to www.tripchceck.com
GEARHART, OR - This is a press release from the Oregon State Police regrading a head-on crash that occurred on US 101 Friday morning.
On December 1, 2017 at approximately 8:50am, the Oregon State Police responded to a serious injury crash on Highway 101 near milepost 16, in Clatsop County.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2002 Audi A4, operated by Lacey Rachelle Hardman, age 29, of Warrenton was traveling northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 16, when the Audi crossed the center line and struck a southbound white 2013 MTR Western bus head-on.
The MTR Western bus, operated by Randal Scott Redford, age 59, of Eugene was carrying four passengers, who all sustained minor injuries.
Hardman was extricated by Gearhart and Seaside Fire Department and transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital with critical injuries.
OSP was assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and MEDIX.
Highway 101 was closed for approximately 4 hours, with a detour in place.