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LANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND OREGON STATE POLICE JOINT OPERATION: OREGON COUNTRY FAIR SATURATION PATROLS

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News Release from Lane Co. Sheriff’s Office

Posted on FlashAlert: July 7th, 2022 1:42 PM

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police will be conducting high visibility traffic enforcement patrols in the Veneta area during the Oregon Country Fair, held on July 8th, 9th and 10th, 2022.  Deputies and Troopers will be focusing on DUII enforcement, as well as speeding, seat belt and cell phone use violations.  Patrols begin Thursday (July 7th) and will continue through Monday (July 11th) as attendees remain in the area at campgrounds. The funding for these patrols is provided to LCSO through two Oregon Department of Transportation Traffic Safety grants administered by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, aimed at reducing the number of vehicle crashes and related injuries.  The grants are federally funded grant programs to provide overtime funding to participating Sheriff’s Offices for DUII and traffic enforcement. 

Annually, the Oregon Country Fair brings extremely high volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic to the area. Due to the resulting congestion in the area surrounding the Oregon Country Fair, speed limits have been reduced and posted as such. Restrictions are also posted for no parking and no U-turns along Hwy 126 and Suttle Rd. in the area. 

Drivers attending the event or traveling through the area should anticipate heavy traffic congestion. Flaggers will be present on Hwy 126 (near milepost 45) at the Fair’s main entrance during peak times to control traffic flows through the area.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind drivers to slow down, wear your seat belt and drive sober without distraction.

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