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 […]
A new traffic pattern in Portland has resulted in a lot of near-miss collisions. ODOT removed an extra middle lane coming up to the junction of westbound I-84 and I-5. Drivers going north on I-5 need to be in the far right lane – but many are driving as though the lane was still […]
Improving cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.
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 […]
How has Oregon’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program worked? It’s made teenagers much better drivers – and made all of us safer.
The rain has started in earnest in the Northwest, and snowy and icy conditions are expected in mountain passes in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. The combination of the wet weather and darkness during commutes means that every year around this time, the number of traffic crashes jumps – and stays high […]
It’s a sad fact that more children ages 12 and under die from motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause. In honor of Child Passenger Safety Week, Oregon parents and caregivers can have child car seats checked by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. The free inspection will check seats for damages and recalls, and […]
Your GPS and cell phone signals are providing traffic data for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Through a Washington company called INRIX, half the vehicles on the road in Portland are providing traffic data everywhere they go. Now, traffic engineers can easily identify the most congested spots in Portland. These trouble spots were identified in […]
A recent car accident involving a very elderly man backing his car into a crowd of people, seriously injuring 4 children, has put a national spotlight on the issue of elderly drivers. By 2030, nearly 20% of the drivers on the road will be over the age of 65. Driver’s problems begin when cognitive or physical abilities […]
3,000 cars, trucks and buses equipped with wireless tracking devices are the first group of vehicles to actually road-test new vehicle-to-vehicle communication. This week, the second phase of The Safety Pilot, a research project looking at connected vehicle safety technology, was launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The test vehicles send and receive […]