This is the first entry in a new series at NWRoadtrips.com called “5 Questions With…” The goal is to provide some fun info from Pacific Northwest leaders in travel related industries. A big thank you to our first participants, the Oregon State Police.
Any traveler, whether going on a road trip or not, owes a lot of thanks to the brave law enforcement officers who help make the highways and communities they visit safer. The Oregon State Police are a unique law enforcement branch that really does contribute to making the world around them a better place. They also know a great deal about being safe out on the road.
We contacted the public information office of the Oregon State Police and they unsurprisingly swung into action to participate in:
5 Questions With The Oregon State Police
Oregon State Troopers provide a valuable service to everyone out on the highways but this doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy their surroundings too. What’s the most beautiful stretch of highway to patrol in the state?
Oregon has so many beautiful places to drive. From the coast all the way east over the Blue mountains. It is difficult to say which is most beautiful.
Winter driving is often a challenge to commuters and travelers alike. What would be the number one tip you wish most drivers would understand when they head out on the highways in cold weather?
ODOT has shared the below list and I think that they are spot on… Also I recommend that folks check tripcheck.com for up to date weather conditions and travel with adequate winter tires.
-Be ready to use your chains. Be patient. Go slow.
-Expect a long commute that could last hours. You never know when weather or traffic incidents will cause the road to be closed for extended periods.
-Along with snow and slick conditions, expect visibility to be limited.
-Make sure your wipers, headlights, turn signals, heater, etc. are in good working order.
-Keep fuel tank full (in case you get stuck in road closure).
-Keep cell phone charged.
-Avoid following GPS navigation directions onto remote or unfamiliar roadways if detoured off of the main highway. Most routes not considered main highways are not maintained in winter conditions.
-Carry emergency supplies (water, food, warm clothes, flashlight, etc.)
-Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
-Use extra caution and keep safety in mind when installing tire chains along the side of the roadway. Other drivers may not be able to see you clearly.
-Drive according to conditions of the road, regardless of posted speed limits.
-Don’t abandon your vehicle, even in the shoulders. It could be towed at your expense.
-Keep a watch on weather conditions throughout the day in anticipation of the next snow storm which could make current road conditions worse.
Who has jurisdiction on the bridges over the Columbia River that link Oregon with Washington?
Oregon certified Police Officers have jurisdiction up to the state line which is marked.
The Oregon State Police has a long and distinguished history. Is there a little known piece of info or “fun fact” that most people don’t know about the Oregon State Police.
This is a tough one to answer… We are one of the few State Agencies in the United States that are well rounded in law enforcement. Other words, we are not a highway patrol but a fully functional law enforcement agency.
The Oregon Blue Book has a ton of great fun facts about Oregon and I would refer you to that. http://bluebook.state.or.us/
What item would the average traveler be surprised to find out was present in nearly every Oregon State Police car they saw on the road?
Not sure about this one… The biggest surprise I get is that I have a mobile data terminal that is a tablet with fully functional internet. I am able to exit the vehicle with it and share real time information of weather and routes to travelers as they stand next to me.
Again, thanks to the public information office of the Oregon State Police for participating in our very first “5 Questions With…”. Some real good safety insight there.
WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE OREGON STATE POLICE?
Visit: The Oregon State Police Website