Everyone needs to be a little more careful on Halloween: this is why

People behave strangely (and too often, dangerously) on Halloween. Adults wear costumes that conceal their identities. Children walk the streets at night, asking for candy. It’s probably not surprising that your car is almost twice as likely to be vandalized on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Or that emergency rooms report… Learn More »

It’s going to be really hard to figure out how many car crashes are caused by drivers under the influence of marijuana

In the last 3 years, 3 states—Colorado, Washington, and most recently Oregon—legalized the use of recreational marijuana. During a congressional hearing on the potential threat posed by stoned drivers, Jeff Michael, a program administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was asked how many crash fatalities are caused by marijuana each year. His… Learn More »

It’s “3D Month” in Oregon

Oregon has proclaimed December “3D Month” in recognition of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Last December, one-third of the fatal car accidents in Oregon involved an impaired driver.  “Drunk driving has traditionally received most of the attention but we’re seeing more and more instances of impaired driving caused by illegal drugs as well… Learn More »

How to Spot and Report a Drunk Driver

The Oregon State Police Department recently issued a reminder to all of us sharing the roads – bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists – that we share responsibility for keeping our streets safe. Here are the signs of a drunk driver from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (to see the full list please visit www.MADD.org) Signs of a… Learn More »

Oregon House Passes Ignition Lock Bill to Prevent Repeat Drunk Driving

On June 15th, the Oregon House passed HB 3075, which will require first time DUII offenders to install an ignition interlock device as a condition of their diversion agreement. Under current state law, only convicted drunk drivers are required to install the devices.   The sponsors of the bill see it as an important preventive… Learn More »

Summer Driving Safety

Driving increases over the summer time: therefore more people are on the road which increases the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents. Summer getaways or visits with family and friends can easily turn tragic as the result of poor safety decisions behind the wheel; drivers also must pay attention to vehicle maintenance.  Statistics show that July… Learn More »

New Research Shows Frequent Heavy Alcohol Consumption by College Students Sharply Increases Risk of Injury

Summarizes research showing how frequent heavy alcohol consumption by college students can sharply increase injury risk.

Five Deadly Mistakes That Drivers Make

Discusses highlights from a Forbes article on deadly driving habits.

Oregon and Washington Receive Perfect Scores in New National Roadway Safety Scorecard

Reviews the 2008 ENA National Scorecard on State Roadway Laws: A Blueprint for Injury Prevention

State Police Beef Up Oregon DUI Patrols Over Labor Day Weekend

Discusses Oregon State Police’s increased DUI patrols over the Labor Day Weekend as part of a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving