Particularly with respect to pedestrian deaths but for other types of accidents as well, there has been a lot of focus on the fact the number of traffic fatalities has been trending upward across the country, even in the face of advancing automobile technology.
While some in the area may disagree, a recent gave Portland the dubious distinction of being one of the country's cities with the worst driving habits. Of 200 cities examined, Portland ranked 190. There were several cities in other parts of the West Coast that also ranked in the bottom 20.
A recent accident in the eastern part of this state left eight people dead, seven of whom were from one family in Washington State. The accident, which took place in the eastern part of Oregon, was among the state's all-time deadliest and attracted the attention of the national news media. Five of the victims were minor children.
The recent statistics, as well as anecdotal evidence, suggest that drugged driving is a growing problem both on the roads of Oregon and the rest of the United States.
Residents of Portland, Oregon, put a lot of faith in the latest technology, and usually that faith is well-rewarded. This city is well-known as a place where innovations in technology are widely accepted and lead to improvements both in people's lives and even in the quality of the environment.
One person died in a recent fatal car accident in the greater Portland area along Highway 224. The car accident, which happened during the dinner hour, occurred at an intersection and involved an SUV and a motorcycle.
Most Oregonians know by now that marijuana is allowed under the laws of this state. No matter how one feels about this issue, it is hard to deny that this change has made an impact on traffic safety, particularly with respect to car accidents related to drugged driving. Although the long-term effects of marijuana are debatable, most people acknowledge that it can impair a person's driving ability, as can other drugs like alcohol.
The Memorial Day holiday is a great time for Portlanders to get away to the beach or the forests and mountains in the area. Many people enjoy a three-day weekend on Memorial Day. Getting away on a mini-vacation is also a great way to start the summer.
A previous post on this blog warned Portland, Oregon, residents involved in a car accident not to ever agree with the other driver to settle the matter informally or accept the other driver's money, even if the payment seems generous.
A major crash on Interstate 84, which is the main artery from Portland out to the eastern parts of this state, has left a woman dead. Nine other people were hurt in the multi-vehicle accident, and, initially, five victims were reported to be in serious condition.