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News Release
London Road Safety Corridor goes into effect July 4 - 06/21/21

To reduce DUII, speeding, and the number of people killed and injured, Lane County has designated London Road as a Safety Corridor which doubles traffic fines. 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.

 

In recent years, multiple people have been killed and seriously injured in traffic crashes on London Road. All of those crashes involved driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (DUII) and most involved excessive speeds. The most recent speed data, collected in February 2021, identified 36 percent of drivers exceeding the 55 mph speed limit with the greatest recorded speed at 90 mph.

 

In partnership with the Association of Oregon Counties, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and South Lane Fire and Rescue, Lane County will be guiding safety actions on the London Road Safety Corridor. Safety actions include:

 

  • Engineering:  To reduce head-on collisions, centerline rumble strips were installed in 2019.  To increase visibility of the travel lanes, the pavement markings will be upgraded in summer 2021. To reduce roadway departure crashes, guardrails and curve warning signs will be installed in summer 2023.

 

  • Enforcement:  The Lane County Sheriff’s Office will provide additional traffic safety patrols thanks to grant funding from Oregon Impact. Increased fines are intended to deter people from violating traffic laws.

 

Violation

Includes

Presumptive Fine

Enhanced Fine

Class A

30 mph over speed limit

$440

$875

Class B

21-30 mph over limit

$265

$525

Class C

11-20 mph over limit

$165

$325

Class D

1-10 mph over limit

$115

$225

 

  • Education:  Public service announcements, press releases, and other public education campaigns will be created throughout the two-year program.

 

Lane County is also asking the community to weigh in on how residents can help prevent driving under the influence of intoxicants. An online survey is available at www.lanecountyor.gov/LRSC.

 

Postcards promoting the survey and providing more information about the London Road Safety Corridor were mailed to Cottage Grove households in June as part of a safety grant from Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

 

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