OSP to put out extra patrols near Reedsport

REEDSPORT, Ore. -- Oregon State Police are gearing up for extra patrols near Reedsport during the coming summer.

The Coos Bay Area Command of OSP has been awarded a grant to improve traffic safety, that will help pay for troopers to work overtime.

The focus will be to patrol part of Highway 38 east of Reedsport.

The section of the highway between Reedsport and the Dean Creek elk viewing area has been declared one of the most dangerous places to drive in the state.

Lt. Steve Smartt of OSP says you won't be able to miss them out on the road. "We'll be out and we'll be visible," he said. "It doesn't do us any good to just go out an hide. We want to be visible so people can see us, and it's just human nature that people will slow down and be a little more careful and that's basically what we want is for people to go where they want safely."

The patrols will begin at the start of the summer tourism season when many people are headed to the coast for vacation.