Transportation and enforcement officials urge driver safety along London Road on Halloween weekend

Transportation and enforcement officials urge driver safety along London Road on Halloween weekend
Posted on 10/28/2021

This Halloween, drivers should remember: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different

 

On London Road south of Cottage Grove, where more people have been killed or seriously injured than most other roads in Oregon, drivers are asked to be especially aware of the risks of driving under the influence. London Road was recently designated as Lane County’s first safety corridor. 

 

If you plan to drive, refrain from drugs, whether legally or illegally obtained. Designate a sober driver in advance. Someone who is affected by drugs shouldn’t be making decisions about driving; that’s why planning ahead is key. 

 

“Between 2014 and 2018, three people were killed and three seriously injured in crashes on London Road. All involved drugs, alcohol or both,” said Lane County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Tom Speldrich. “People should always drive sober, of course, but holiday weekends can be especially difficult times to remember the importance of safety and having a plan – so we’re here to remind everyone.”

 

Know the Facts 

  • In Lane County, between 2015 and 2019, there were 316 total drug involved crashes.
  • In Oregon, in 2019, cannabis was the leading drug identified in drivers killed in crashes. It is illegal to drive impaired -- no exceptions.
  • Cannabis can slow reaction times, impair cognitive performance, and make it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane.

 

Financial Impacts 

  • On average, a DUI could set you back $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, and more.
  • Drive under the influence of any impairing substance and you could face jail time.
  • Drug-impaired driving could cause you to lose your driver’s license and your vehicle.

 

Play It Safe (Recommendations) 

  • Plan ahead for a sober driver to safely drive you to your destination. Like drunk driving, it is essential that drug-impaired drivers refrain from driving a vehicle.
  • Passengers should never ride with an impaired driver. If you think a driver may be impaired, do not get in the car.
  • Do you have a friend who is about to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs? Take the keys away and arrange to get them home safely. Don’t worry about offending someone — they’ll thank you later.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 9-1-1.

 

About the London Road Safety Corridor:

 

To reduce DUII, speeding, and the number of people killed and injured, Lane County has partnered with Oregon Department of Transportation and South Lane County Fire & Rescue to designate London Road as a Safety Corridor, which doubles traffic fines. To reduce head-on collisions, centerline rumble strips were installed in 2019.  To increase visibility of the travel lanes, the pavement markings were upgraded in summer 2021. To reduce roadway departure crashes, guardrails and curve warning signs will be installed in summer 2023. The designation includes the first seven miles of London Road, from Latham Road to Cottage Grove Reservoir Road. The doubling of fees will be effective July 4, 2021 through July 5, 2023. Learn more at www.lanecountyor.gov/lrsc.