Rogue Valley Expressway creates more speeding tickets
The new Rogue Valley Expressway is only four miles long and parallels the old Crater Lake Highway. Both are known as Highway 62, and they both have a posted 55-miles-per-hour speed limit.
News 10 reviewed all of the citations handed out to drivers on the Rogue Valley Expressway. The first month that it was open, more than 66% of drivers were caught speeding. That is compared to the 21% that were speeding on Crater Lake Highway.
One driver was even cited for going 30+ mph over the speed limit on the Expressway. Drivers were also operating without insurance, a license or while using a suspended license. One driver was cited for using a mobile device while behind the wheel.
"There were more speeding tickets on the Rogue Valley Expressway compared to the old 62 primarily because there's no turns, there's no driveways, no one's going in and out of traffic. It is pretty much a straight shot for four or five miles," Oregon State Police Sgt. Jeff Proulx said.
Proulx also notes that a reason people might be speeding is because they don't know the difference between a speed limit and a speed zone.
"It's a speed limit of 55, as opposed to a speed zone. So like on 140, that's a 55 speed zone, and you can go a little bit faster depending on weather and traffic, and that's acceptable. That's more of a speed zone. Where a speed limit, like on the interstate, is set at that speed so that's the maximum speed that you're supposed to go," Proulx said.
In the same period last May on the Crater Lake Highway the OSP also cited drivers for not wearing a seatbelt, careless driving and failure to stop at a stop sign. Drivers were also operating without insurance, a license or while using a suspended license and one driver was cited for DUII.
The Oregon State Police is patrolling the Rogue Valley Expressway just like they would for any other road. But they do advise you to go the speed limit at all times, or else you could potentially be pulled over.