Travel - Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse will take place during the height of the County’s peak tourism months. While the number of unique eclipse visitors is hard to approximate, both residents and visitors should expect increased activity on roadways, neighborhoods, public facilitates, restaurant parks and beaches. Hotels, VRDs, campgrounds and group facilities will all be at peak capacity.  

Public safety response: This congestion will impact emergency response times and mobility of rescue trucks and engines. We’re predicting a possible increase in medical calls, water rescues, and beach fires. Use 9-1-1 if life or property are in danger or could become endangered if the situation continues. 

What you can do: 

  • Allow more time for travel (or plan to simply not travel when and where possible).
  • Cancel any unnecessary appointments.
  • Be prepared to take a “staycation” and use a philosophy similar to “shelter in place”.
  • Have plenty of food and water.
  • Consider filling that tank of gas in advance of the weekend. 
  • Be mindful of Oregon’s “move over” law.  
    • Oregon drivers are required to move to the next lane if approaching an emergency vehicle from the rear. If there's not another lane to go to or if it's not safe to change lanes, motorists must slow down to 5 miles per hour below the speed limit.
  • Be aware of the “move it” law.
    • If you have a fender bender, don’t call 911 unless there are injuries, dangers or leaking fluid. Then, move your vehicles safely to the side of the road and exchange insurance information.