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  • Motorcycle Lane Usage
    December 22 2010

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is taking under review a proposed new law for motorcycles that would alter legal lane usage on the roads in Oregon.  The new law would allow a motorcyclist to “share” the lane with a vehicle and pass the vehicle within the lane.  This maneuver is currently allowed in California and is a common practice on the freeways in that state.

    Many California drivers object to this lane usage and there is a strong indication that this practice leads to some road rage Other drivers complain that some motor cycle riders abuse this law and cause traffic delays and accidents by weaving in and out of lanes.  They also note that motorcycle drivers are difficult to see in the best of circumstances and it is considerably more difficult to note them when they approach on the “blind” side of drivers.  Arguably, if this becomes a law in Oregon, vehicle drivers will become accustomed to looking for motorcyclists in their lanes.

     

  • Be Aware of Pedestrians
    December 17 2010

    A Marion county resident was struck and killed in the early morning hours while searching for his family dog.  He was wearing dark clothing and couldn’t be seen by the motorist until it was too late to avoid the collision.  This collision brings the total of Oregon pedestrian deaths perilously close to the record number of deaths in a year.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a statement in the past that the months of October, November, and December are the deadliest months of the year for pedestrians.  More than forty percent of all pedestrian deaths occur during these months.  Some of the factors which contribute to this increase are poor lighting and visibility, along with dark clothing worn by the pedestrian.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has begun a new campaign this year warning pedestrians to be more visible.  The campaign has included placing posters on public transportation telling pedestrians to “Be Visible” and “Dress to be Seen”.

    Additionally, pedestrians need to make sure and cross roads and streets in crosswalks if available or to cross at intersections.  Never assume a driver can see you just because you can see the vehicle.  Remember, it is better to wait to cross the road if in doubt.  Stay safe this winter and be a cautious pedestrian.  When driving a vehicle, be extra alert and watchful for pedestrians.  Let’s keep everyone safe this year.

  • Be Aware of Pedestrians
    December 17 2010

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a statement in the past that the months of October, November, and December are the deadliest months of the year for pedestrians.  More than forty percent of all pedestrian deaths occur during these months.  Some of the factors which contribute to this increase are poor lighting and visibility, along with dark clothing worn by the pedestrian.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has begun a new campaign this year warning pedestrians to be more visible.  The campaign has included placing posters on public transportation telling pedestrians to “Be Visible”and “Dress to be Seen”.

    Additionally, pedestrians need to make sure and cross roads and streets in crosswalks if available or to cross at intersections.  Never assume a driver can see you just because you can see the vehicle.  Remember, it is better to wait to cross the road if in doubt.  Stay safe this winter and be a cautious pedestrian. 

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