MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon State Police troopers are out in full force patrolling I-5 in an effort to keep travelers safe this holiday. This year, there are more officers out than usual all along the west coast.
This year, OSP is teaming up with the California Highway Patrol and the Washington State Patrol for the first time ever to make it a safer holiday from boarder to boarder. It’s called “The I-5 Challenge” and the goal is to have zero fatalities.
All uniformed police officers will be out enforcing traffic. They will be looking for anyone who is speeding or causing a hazard on the roadway. They will also be cracking down on people who are texting or talking on the phone while driving.
“Officer presence obviously creates an environment for the motoring public that when they see a uniformed police officer on the road they are going to be more aware of their driving conditions,” said Oregon State Police Sgt. Dave Beck.
These increased patrols are not going to cost anything additional to taxpayers or the department. All patrol days, like Wednesday through Sunday, simply mean anyone who is on-duty, even detectives and game and wildlife officers, will be out in their uniforms patrolling the roadways.
Officers say if you are planning on traveling this holiday, just remember to keep a safe following distance and avoid distractions.