HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

What’s this if not gun registration?

Written May 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

While we’re waiting for Gov. Kate Brown to sign the expanded firearms background check bill into law, how about one more little question: Why does the state police have to know specifics about a gun somebody wants to buy?


Sunshine called for a ride

Written March 1st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

March 1 is still winter, supposedly, but it sure felt like spring in the Willamette Valley, and that called for the obligatory bike ride on the abandoned roads of the former Camp Adair. Well, almost abandoned roads.


Sheep killed as trailer flips

Written June 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

You’ll likely see this photo or one like it on the news tonight or in the local paper tomorrow. The Oregon State Police took it this morning along Highway 226 near Scio. A truck pulling a livestock trailer had overturned by the side of the road. The driver was hurt and taken by ambulance to the Albany […]


Fog lights: Use only when needed

Written January 22nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Three years ago, state authorities were moved to remind Oregon drivers about the correct and legal use of fog or auxiliary lights. The advice didn’t take. “It seems to me,” reader Steven Mills correctly observes in an email, “that hundreds of drivers driving with fog lights turned on need an education on the Oregon laws.” His is […]


Incident on I-5: Bizarre and sad

Written January 4th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

You wonder what makes people act the way they do sometimes. Here’s what the Oregon State Police said happened about 4:30 Saturday afternoon on Interstate 5: Two women, 53 and 61 years of age, were driving north on the freeway when they ran out of gas near the Highway 34 interchange.


A shooting on the freeway

Written December 6th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Another incident in which a law officer is confronted by an armed man and shoots before he himself is shot. It happened Thursday night along I-5 in Linn County, and the Oregon State Police are determining exactly what happened and how.


On I-5: If it’s Friday, look out

Written November 27th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

On Interstate 5, beware of Friday afternoons. That seems to be the most dangerous time to drive on western Oregon’s main north-south highway.


What crash reports should tell us

Written September 11th, 2013 by

  Almost every day, the Oregon State Police reports on vehicle crashes in which someone was killed or seriously injured. There is a forward-looking point to these reports. They should remind us all that in traffic, being insufficiently aware of potential danger can have terrible consequences. On Tuesday (Sept. 10), for example, a 30-year-old woman from Arizona […]


Constant danger: Crossing the line

Written August 14th, 2013 by

With depressing regularity, the Oregon State Police issues press releases reporting on traffic crashes in which a vehicle “crossed the center line” and collided head-on with one coming the other way. Too often the outcome is that one or more persons are killed and others seriously hurt. The OSP says this happened again on Aug. 13, when […]


 
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