Sheriff Patrol Increase
The Lane County Sheriff’s office is currently participating in an increased patrol effort until the second of September. The saturation patrol effort is in conjunction with a nation-wide effort to reduce drunk and impaired driving, especially over holiday travel on the roadways. The outcome is hopefully to prevent injuries and deaths from vehicle crashes. Enforcement will include DUII detection and apprehension, aggressive driving and seat belt use enforcement which includes child safety seats. Statistics show that 23.7 percent of injured passengers in crashes are children between the ages of newborn and 14. Lane County Sheriff’s remind drivers to buckle up and drive safe and sober.
24 hour flagging will begin on Highway 126 just west of Walton on Monday as crews work to install a box culvert and continue construction on the passing lane at milepost 32. Flagging will continue for about a week according to the Oregon Department of Transportation and travelers can expect short delays.
Gasoline Demand Rises
With summer winding down the demand for gasoline is on the rise and is soaring to new heights according to Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon. More than 10 million barrels per day is going through pumps across the US. This demand is slowing the rate at which gas prices are decreasing although Oregon has dropped 2 cents this past week while Florence average prices have dipped slightly to $2.70 a gallon. The lowest recorded price is $2.68 and the highest local price is $2.79 a gallon.
The Port of Siuslaw Board of Commissioners will hold their monthly meeting this evening at the port offices on Harbor Street. The evening’s meeting will cover financials for the month and year to date campground and moorage numbers. The meeting begins at 7pm.