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Old-Fashioned Driving Directions May Keep You Alive this WinterSalem-News.com
OSP is warning the public about the dangers of mapping software or GPS units that may lead motorists into a dangerous situation during winter months.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Highway 22 is currently closed and motorists traveling between Central Oregon and the Willamette Valley are being urged to take Highway 20 through Sweet Home or Highway 26 through Government Camp.
Over the weekend, OSP Dispatch received several calls of motorists attempting to take Highway 22, but being rerouted by their GPS units onto Forest Service roads near Detroit.
One motorist became stuck in the snow and the other ran out of gas. Often these Forest Service Roads are not maintained in the winter and are snow covered. Additionally there is little to no cell coverage in these areas.
In 2006, a tragedy occurred in Josephine County, when the James Kim family followed GPS directions into BLM land during winter conditions. The family became stranded and after two days.
Husband/father James Kim left on foot for help. He was later found deceased due to exposure to the elements. The remaining members of his family were located and rescued. (See: Missing California Father Found Dead In Oregon Wilderness)
Travelers are urged to stay on maintained roads and state highways, while navigating the mountain passes. Motorists are also urged to carry with them an emergency kit while traveling.
The Oregon Department of Transportation website lists the following items to be carried in your vehicle for safety:
Essential supplies include:
Added items for driving long distances in cold, snowy, and icy conditions:
For more information on the HWY 22 closure, check Oregon Department of Transportation www.tripcheck.com.
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