OREGON – (Information from the Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation) As winter driving conditions set in for the season, roads get more hazardous. Ice, snow and fog can all make traveling quite challenging for even the most experienced winter drivers. As a reminder, it may be necessary to adjust one’s driving style and their preferred travel speed to match both conditions and the patterns of other drivers, especially in low visibility.
A recent fatal crash report for the Oregon State Police out of Jefferson County exemplifies the need to adjust driving to match conditions. From the OSP:
“On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at approximately 7:40 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 114.
Preliminary investigation revealed a gray Toyota Tacoma, operated by Audry Cooper McHugh (29) of Bend, was passing several vehicles in the fog when it collided head-on with a westbound gold Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Saralee Spino-McCormaack (29) of Warm Springs.
Spino-McCormack and the right rear passenger, a 13-year-old male, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased. A 14-year-old female passenger was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. McHugh was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.
Hwy 26 was closed for approximately 2 hours while the OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene.
OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Fire and EMS, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT.”
To combat accidents such as this, The Oregon Department of transportation has various recommendations for driving in low visibility conditions:
Specifically for foggy conditions:
ODOT Further recommends using low-beam headlights in the daytime to make vehicles more visible during winter months, even in clear conditions. For more information on winter driving safety, visit Oregon Department of Transportation : Winter Travel Tips : State of Oregon