Distracted Driving Realities Every Oregonian Should Consider
May 21, 2018
It’s time Oregon drivers had an intervention about the dangers of distracted driving, because according to the Oregon Department of Transportation someone in Oregon is injured every three minutes due to distracted driving accidents.
For that very reason, the Oregon Transportation Commission is organizing a Distracted Driving Task Force to find ways to cut down on the occurrences of distracted driving through educational campaigns, enforcing laws, studies and policy. Members from AAA, state and local police, the media, healthcare and transportation agencies are all partnering to help make the effort a success.
“Distracted driving is an epidemic in Oregon,” said ODOT Director Matt Garrett. “We are challenging Oregon drivers to ditch the distractions and focus on driving.”
How Did ODOT Quantify Oregon’s Distracted Driving Epidemic?
Last February, a distracted driver plowed into an Oregon State Trooper vehicle totaling it. That’s not the only data the state has on distracted driving:
- From 2010 to 2014, on average a distracted driver crashes every 2.5 hours.
- On average, in Oregon alone, nearly 11 people have died every year in a distracted driving crash, not to mention causing more than 2,800 injuries.
- According to a recent ODOT survey conducted by Southern Oregon University, approximately three-quarters of those responding admitted to distracted driving.
- 84 percent of respondents admitted feeling uncomfortable, when the person driving is distracted.
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1“Speed limit increases cause 33,000 deaths in 20 years” published in IIHS articles, April 2016.