Drivers keep knocking over safety barrels on Highway 199

ODOT recently put up safety barrels and signs warning drivers of recent fatalities on the highway 199. Locals say people are ignoring them and knocking them over.

Posted: Sep 27, 2019 12:03 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2019 12:09 PM

SELMA, Ore.,--Highway 199 has seen about 200 car accidents since the start of 2019. Last month, Oregon Department of Transportation launched a safety campaign to raise awareness of the dangers on the highway. They installed signs warning people of recent fatalities due to car crashes on the highway. An employee at the Selma Service Station, right off the highway says people have been ignoring the signs.

"Almost every time you go by, the barrels are knocked over, and also the same with just south of Cave Junction, down by the Forks Park, you see those knocked over all the time. Actually there was almost a really bad accident there just a few days ago," says Patty Goff.

She says drivers are flying past her station going 65 miles per hour when the speed limit is only 45.

"They're always in a hurry, leave 5 minutes early, and don't take everybody else's life in your hands. Just slow down," says Goff.

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