A portion of the Bay road from SW Fall to Hatfield is closed the next several hours. There is an unconfirmed report of the odor of amonia coming from the area across from Ripley’s. We will have more details as they become available.
Hwy 20 is closed, at Toledo Junction due to a crash. Use detour on the bayroad. Go to trip check for further details.
Continued heavy rain is causing high water on the roads in low lying areas. There is also a slide on the bayroad below the Maritime Museum. There is high water that has closed Bay Blvd at Fogarty. High Water at Ona Beach. Drive with caution
The Coast Guard Captain of the port has closed the Yaquina Bay Bar due to hazardous conditions.
Hwy 18 is closed near Grand Ronde due to debris in the roadway. Before traveling go online to tripcheck.com
PUD crews are responding to some power outages in Newport and Waldport.
Hwy 34 is down to one lane. There has been an accident. We will have more details when they become available.
Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystanders. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 3,129 fatalities and 431,000 injuries attributed to distracted driving-related motor vehicle crashes. During that same time period, 10% of all fatalities involving drivers 15-19 years of age were reported to have been distracted at the time of the crash.
In an effort to continue to promote education and encourage positive changes in driving behavior, the Newport Police Department, in cooperation with the Newport High School Leadership Class, brought an educational distracted driving event to the students of Newport High School. The event was Monday, 04/18/2016, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.
The program is in partnership with State Farm Insurance; it is called “Talk To You Later. Got To Go Drive.” Or in text message language, “TTYL GTG DRV”. For this event, students operated a golf cart through a traffic cone course in an open parking lot of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Students had to negotiate the course which consisted of stop signs, curves, backing, and parallel parking. Student drivers navigated the course while attempting to carry on a text message conversation with another student observing from the sideline. Continue reading