New Oregon law allows speed cameras on Portland’s High Crash Corridors

Starting in January 2016, speeding drivers may be more likely to get a ticket in Portland, Oregon. Traffic cameras are set up along streets to catch drivers breaking traffic laws: usually running red lights, or the exceeding speed limits. Radar detects the violation, and uses automatic number plate recognition to send a traffic ticket to… Learn More »

How states are distracting drivers – with warnings about distracted driving

“Your OMGs and LOLs can wait” “Steering wheel: Not a hands free device” “Get your head out of your apps and drive safely” Most states have installed electronic message signs above highways to warn motorists of bad weather or traffic conditions ahead. Now some states are experimenting with the signs, using them for general safety… Learn More »

“Vision Zero”: there’s a big hole in the plan to eliminate Portland traffic deaths

“Vision Zero” is a traffic safety project that aims for the goal of zero traffic fatalities. It’s been adopted by cities worldwide – and now includes Portland, Oregon. It’s a wide-ranging plan, with heavy emphasis on public education and prioritization of safety. Vision Zero Safety Pledge:  I will behave safely and courteously at all times… Learn More »

Should Oregon Speed Limit be Raised to 75 mph?

Two bills pending in the Oregon House of Representatives would increase the speed limits for passenger vehicles. Current speed limit on state highways: 55 mph Current speed limit on interstate highways: 65 mph Oregon House Bill 3094 proposes to change the speed limit for passenger vehicles on interstates—I-5, I-84, I-82—from 65 miles per hour to… Learn More »

It’s worse than we thought: terrifying video study of teen distracted driving crashes

NHTSA estimated that about 15% of teen driver car crashes are caused by driver distraction. AAA researchers pulled in-car event recorders and analyzed almost 1700 teen drivers in the six seconds before a crash. Distraction was a factor in 58% of teen car crashes. That’s a huge difference: four times more teen car crashes could… Learn More »

You can’t focus: neuroscience explains the dangers of distracted driving

Imagine that you’re driving home from work, stopped in traffic. The light turns green, and you inch forward. The light turns red. Your phone pings with a text alert. Do you grab your phone to check your messages? When you’re behind the wheel, you know that your primary goal is to get from point A… Learn More »

Distracted Driving: Multi-Tasking Is a Myth

When you’re driving, there’s an old saying that tells you to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. This is easier said than done. In our fast-paced world, motorists are distracted by a wide variety of activities that take their attention away from their primary task, which should be driving.… Learn More »

Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents as School Begins

Summer is almost over— soon nearly 54 million children across the nation will be back on our roads, walking and biking to school. Motorists need to be extra careful while driving during the times children are traveling to and from school. Drivers should always slow down and obey all traffic laws, especially when traveling in school zones. The… Learn More »

Federal Regulations Written to Help Prevent Truck Crashes

Because of their size and weight, commercial trucks are capable of causing extremely serious injuries should an accident occur. As a result, the federal government has passed various laws holding semi-truck drivers, as well as trucking companies, responsible when they fail to comply with applicable federal regulations. While the standards may be high, the public’s safety is… Learn More »

Improving the “Standard” Way of Thinking

The number of cars on the road has increased by leaps and bounds since the invention of roads. The highway engineers now focus on creating wider, faster roads to allow for the increased traffic. However, many engineers have lost sight of what is most important: Safety. As described by engineer Charles Marohn, ”First comes speed;… Learn More »