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Junction City police making safety improvements to Highway 99

Junction City Police Chief Bob Morris said they have installed new technology and hope to implement new strategies to make the highway safer.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 6:09 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2018 6:55 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- The Junction City Police Department continues to work on improving safety along Highway 99 after seeing an increase in crashes and fatalities in the past year.

Junction City Police Chief Bob Morris said there have been a handful of fatalities and several crashes this past year. He said his department is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation to reduce some of the dangers drivers and pedestrians encounter on the highway.

Morris said they have installed new technology and hope to implement new strategies to make the highway safer.

Morris said they are considering reducing the speed limit, building a concrete barrier in the middle of the highway and are also considering implementing a "Designated Safety Corridor," which would be a stretch of highway that would double traffic fines.

He said this will be an ongoing process, but they have already installed "Tattle Tail Lights” at certain intersections which should help officers do their job. He said the small lights which are mounted on the side of the main traffic lights tell officers when the signal turns red.

“Enforce the traffic laws in compliance with traffic signals,” Morris said. “It enables us to sit in safe locations, observe the stop line, be able to testify that the light was red when the violator went through it, and enables us to safely go after the violator without creating a significant risk."

He also wants to remind drivers to slow down and for pedestrians to be cautious when they are crossing the street.

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