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State police troopers step up patrols to counter ‘crazy’ driving

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Vehicle drivers, beware.

Oregon State Police patrol troopers are out in force during the weekend to counter what they call “crazy drivers” on interstate highways across the state.

“Some drivers have just lost their minds,” the agency said in a news release. “We have all seen a huge uptick in the number of people driving crazy on Oregon’s interstates. When we say ‘crazy,’ we mean drivers committing what OSP calls the ‘Fatal Five’: speeding, occupant safety, lane safety, impaired driving and distracted driving.”

Saturation patrols will be focusing on Interstate 5, Interstate 84 and Interstate 205. Sheriff’s deputies are expected to participate.

The state police agency has 410 sergeants and troopers to patrol across about 8,000 miles of state-owned highways.

Oregon has 4.1 million registered vehicles with nearly 3.1 million licensed drivers. Those numbers do not include the estimated 29 million visitors Oregon gets a year.


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