Federal grant will dedicate 2 positions to highway safety after several crashes.

The Warm Springs Tribal Police Department has received a $187,000 federal traffic safety grant that will allow for the hiring of two full-time highway safety officers. The officers will be charged with patrolling the major roadways crossing the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

"This year, there have been several catastrophic vehicle accidents on Highway 26 and other arteries resulting in the loss of life, including that of a 4-year-old child," said Police Chief Bill Elliott in a news release. "The main reason for these accidents are related to one or more of three factors: speeding, reckless driving and drinking.

"The WSTPD is dedicated to providing for the public safety of all of its citizens and those visiting or traveling through the WSIR," he continued.

For more information, contact Elliott or Lt. Ron Gregory at 541-553-1171.

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