Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking Drivers Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

A U.S District Court judge in Oregon has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to give illegal immigrants access to short-term driver’s licenses. The suit, which named Democratic Governor Kate Brown and leaders of the state Department of Transportation as defendants, sought to restore a 2013 law passed by the Oregon Legislature which provided for access to… Learn More »

One of the best ways to honor veterans? Fix VA hospital’s staffing problems.

Since 2001, about 2.5 million members of the U.S. military—Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and respective Reserve and National Guard units—have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many served multiple deployments. Many survived serious injuries that would have resulted in death in past wars. Many returned to find that their local health care facilities… Learn More »

Loophole puts users of generic drugs at risk

“If you take a generic drug, you have no rights. And most people don’t realize that.” Most of the prescriptions filled in the U.S.—80%— are for the generic version of brand-name drugs. In fact, your insurance probably requires you take the cheaper generic version when it is available. But there is a dangerous safety gap: generic… Learn More »

New Safety Rules in Effect for Trucks

As of July 1, truckers are required to take a 30-minute break in the first 8 hours of driving. Truck drivers’ maximum hours per work-week are reduced from 82 to 70.  They must also take a 34-hour break–known as a “restart”–once in every 7-day period. The goal of the new rules is to reduce the… Learn More »

Insurance companies should play by the same rules

May 8 is an important day in the Oregon legislature: the Senate has a chance to stop the insurance industry’s unfair exemption from the Unlawful Trade Practices Act. Erik Kancler of Bend posted this at BlueOregon on behalf of the Economic Fairness Oregon. I encourage you to read it. Imsurance Companies should play by the same rules… Learn More »

Portland’s Pothole Problem

An audit of Portland’s street conditions and road management is surprisingly dramatic. The Portland Bureau of Transportation audit finds that the city has “not adequately protected the condition of street pavement…”, noting preventative maintenance has just not been a city priority. More than one-third of the city’s streets are in “poor condition” About 10% are… Learn More »

Making Oregon teens better drivers

The first year a teenager has a driver’s license is one of the most dangerous of their life: car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. That’s why Oregon put into place the Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program more than a decade ago. Some of the rules that affected drivers… Learn More »

California DMV says it’s time to license undocumented immigrant drivers

Unlicensed drivers are three times more likely than licensed drivers to cause a deadly car crash. This is one of the conclusions of a newly-released study on fatal crash rates. Researchers looked at 20 years of data on car accident deaths in California, and concluded that the state should reverse current policy, and allow undocumented… Learn More »

What is “webbing” – and why does it need to be banned?

You probably know that “distracted driving” has become the accepted term for any actions that visually, manually or cognitively distract people behind the wheel. “Webbing” evidently describes the specific act of web browsing while driving. This dangerous practice is becoming increasingly common.  A State Farm poll found a 48% increase in smartphone web use while… Learn More »

Dangerous driving: the poor condition of roads

The odds are good that you drove or were a passenger in a car today. Even though the rate of car ownership is declining among Americans, there is still approximately 1 vehicle for every 2 people. It’s indisputable that we rely – heavily– on our highway and road system. So is it surprising to learn that over… Learn More »