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Should our children’s school bus have seat belts?
Thursday, December 29th, 2016

In the wake of the Chattanooga school bus crash, should we consider installing seat belts on school buses?   Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, a school bus crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing six elementary students and injuring over a dozen more. The school bus driver, Johnthony Walker, has been charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment […]

Changing the “Standard” Way of Thinking
Sunday, November 10th, 2013

A traffic engineer re-thinks the way streets and roads work in towns, dramatically decreasing car accidents and injuries, helping local businesses…

Safety vs. Privacy: the black box dilemma
Monday, August 12th, 2013

A black box in your car collects information about any automobile accidents – but who owns that data? Is it useful in preventing car crashes?

The real problem with red light cameras
Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Red light cameras in Beaverton, Oregon, issue thousands of tickets per year, and decrease car accidents – but they don’t solve the real problem…

New moms are more tired, more distracted – and in more car accidents
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

New mothers may be the most distracted drivers on the road, according to the results of a survey by Safe Kids Worldwide and American Baby. This isn't hard to imagine. New moms are exhausted, they’re turning around to attend to the baby in the backseat, and 78% admit to using their phones to text or call while driving. Worse, […]

Portland’s Pothole Problem
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

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 in […]

Making Oregon teens better drivers
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

How has Oregon’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program worked? It’s made teenagers much better drivers – and made all of us safer.

How closely should we monitor teenage drivers?
Monday, December 17th, 2012

Prevent distracted driving accidents: smartphone apps and monitoring systems help keep teen drivers safe on the roads

What is “webbing” – and why does it need to be banned?
Thursday, December 6th, 2012

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 driving […]

Generation Commute
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

More car accidents? Self-driving cars? How baby boomers retiring will affect commuting and road safety in the United States