Press Release: Rural Oregon Achieving Driving Safety (ROADS) Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wed., April 24th, 2019

Rural Oregon Achieving Driving Safety (ROADS) Act

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s backroads are some of the most scenic drives in the state. Rep. Boshart Davis (RAlbany) is moving legislation that will ensure these roads remain safe for rural Oregonians that drive them every day, and for those that drive them for enjoyment.

House Bill 3213 empowers local counties and sheriffs to raise awareness about the dangers of driving on county roads by establishing safety corridors on dangerous stretches as needed.

“I have been driving farm equipment on county roads for as long as I can remember. These roads are often narrow and windy. The ROADS Act gives power of enforcement into the hands of our local officials who know these roads the best. Safety corridors are a tried and true way to crack down on reckless driving and save lives,” Boshart Davis said.

Since 1989, the Oregon Department of Transportation has established 19 safety corridors on stretches of state highways where fatal and serious injury traffic crash rates are higher than the statewide average. To bring awareness to the dangers, these stretches become subject to heightened enforcement and double fines for traffic infractions. All but three have been decommissioned because of their success in decreasing accidents.

The recent wreck on McKay Road highlights the need for safety precautions. McKay Road has seen 10 deaths since the summer of 2018. Last June, three people died in a three-vehicle crash on the road. Sheriffs and local governments across the state are looking for ways to make county roads safer.

“The ROADS Act would give Public Safety another tool to help educate motorists and prevent crashes on dangerous stretches of roadways like McKay Road in northern Marion County. I fully support this bill,” said Jason Myers, Marion County Sheriff.

The Rural Oregon Achieving Driving Safety Act will be heard in the Joint Transportation Committee tonight – April 24th at 5 pm.

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Dru Draper