Take Action: Help Reduce Speeding on Portland’s High Crash Corridors

Students from 36 elementary schools in Portland, in PPS, David Douglas, Centennial, Reynolds & Parkrose School Districts, must cross or travel along a “High Crash Corridor” to get to their school.

These roadways, just 3% of Portland’s road network, account for more than 50% of the city’s pedestrian fatalities. This is unacceptable.

Speeding and aggressive driving are the top contributing factors to serious crashes. Currently in the Oregon Legislature, HB 2621 would authorize piloting fixed speed cameras on Portland’s most dangerous roads. Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that over the eight year pilot period HB 2621 would:

  • prevent the loss of 16 lives
  • prevent more than 2,000 people from being injured in traffic crashes
  • save ~$71 million in wage and productivity losses, damage, and medical expenses

Please join us in supporting HB 2621 in the Oregon Legislature. This bill will allow the installation of clearly marked speeding traffic cameras on high crash corridors — making it safer for our children to walk, bike, and roll to school. Whether you live in Portland or elsewhere in the state, this bill provides an opportunity to make our streets safer.

Please write or call your state senator and representative today and urge them to support HB 2621.

The Oregonian Editorial Board supports HB 2621: “It’s clear that speeders continue to pose unaccountable risk to other drivers, and most of all pedestrians… Unmanned photo radar would simply be a cost-efficient, not to mention racial-profiling-proof, method of detecting and punishing drivers whose indifference to life poses threat.”

One death on our streets is too many. Traffic fatalities and injuries are not inevitable, and can be prevented through smart policy and system design. Read more about Vision Zero initiatives in Portland and Oregon.

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