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Quote Wizard  recently released their annual ranking of cities that have the worst drivers in America. The study analyzed data from millions of insurance quotes from the 75 largest cities across the country.
Portland - Worst Drivers In America? by Jack Kerfoot
Who won the dubious award, as the city with the worst drivers? Portland, Oregon! Is this fake news? Sadly no, as Allstate Insurance ranked Portland 190th out of 200 cities on their list of "Best Driving Cities."
What is the Portland City Council doing to address traffic safety? In June 2015, the City Council passed a resolution adopting Vision Zero, a plan to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on our city streets. Is Vision Zero working?
The latest Vision Zero report shows that in 2018, 16 pedestrians and 9 motorcyclists died on Portland streets and highways. Although more pedestrians died in 2017 (20), pedestrian fatalities have trended up over the last five years. Motorcycle fatalities have also been steadily trending up over the same period.
Why isn't Vision Zero working? The Portland City Council plan to reduce automobiles traveling at excessive speeds was to post new signs with lower speed limits across the city. The assumption was new signs would cause drivers to slow down and drive safely . . . Really?
Simply posting new signs won't result in safer driving and lower fatalities. The Portland police are significantly understaffed and are unable to patrol all the streets and highways across the entire city, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The solution? Traffic enforcement cameras. Worldwide studies have shown that traffic enforcement cameras will result in a reduction of "11% to 44% for fatal and serious injury crashes."  In my opinion, it is time the Portland City Council took tangible action to reduce traffic related fatalities.
If I am fortunate enough to gain the support of Portland voters for City Council in 2020, I will actively support installing speed safety cameras and dual red-light running safety cameras across Portland. In my opinion, these cameras will dramatically reduce needless traffic fatalities.
This article was reprinted with permission from Jack Kerfoot. Jack is a candidate for Portland Commissioner.
 Wilson, C; Willis, Hendrikz; Le Brocque, Bellamy (2010). "Speed cameras for the prevention of road traffic injuries and deaths"
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