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BEND, OR -- State Police are conducting “saturation patrols” on Highway 97, from the California to Washington border, Friday. OSP says the effort is aimed at increasing highway safety at the start of Spring Break, which typically ushers in the beginning of the vacation travel season.

 

Troopers are especially watching for what they call “the fatal five”: violations related to speed, Occupant safety, lane violations, impaired driving and distracted driving. And, the potential for late-season inclement weather, could exacerbate travel issues.  
 
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office will step-up traffic patrols starting Saturday, and lasting through April first. Deputies responded to 22 crashes during last year's spring break.

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