You are key to helping Portland end traffic violence on our streets. This is especially true when you drive, because cars are heavy and fast, so people driving can easily hurt or kill people.
Please help by pledging to do four things: drive at safe speeds, drive sober, drive without distractions, and be extra careful on wide, fast streets. Data show that failing to do one or more of these things often results in serious injuries and deaths.
1. I will drive at safe speeds
Why? Because nearly half of Portland’s deadly crashes involve people driving at unsafe speeds.
2. I will drive sober
Why? Because more than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated—usually by alcohol.
3. I will only drive while driving
Why? Because the majority of deadly crashes involve people driving who drift outside lanes, do not stop for people walking, do not stop for red lights and stop signs, or exhibit other dangerous behaviors. Distractions known to increase the risk of crashing, such as phones, are likely culprits.
4. I will be extra careful on wide, fast streets
Why? Because Portland’s most deadly streets have multiple auto lanes and speeds of 35 mph or higher (e.g. SW Barbur, SE Division and NE Lombard). More than half of deadly crashes occur on eight percent of our streets.