EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon has one of the lowest per-capita state trooper rates in the nation and resources are limited. Oregon State Police say they actively patrol highways and interstates but they are unable to stop every traffic violation.
To help address this issue, OSP launched a new way for people to contact the dispatch center for non-emergencies.
Asterisk O-S-P (*677) is a mobile phone direct call number that helps people quickly report significant issues that might endanger the public.
Police want this number to focus on behaviors that fall under what they refer to as the fatal five: speed, occupant safety, lane departure, impaired driving and distracted driving.
Some drivers said they think this new number will help them feel safer on the road.
Henry Holden, a student at the University of Oregon said, “I think it’s a really good idea… I think it’s always good to have alternatives to safety, just to have a lot of options… so to have that quick dial Asterix OSP I think is a really smart idea."
Police said this line will help them focus their resources on these specific traffic behaviors instead of watching in the marked traffic cars, where people are more likely to follow the rules