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Oregon Sees a Spike in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents in 2021

September 07, 2021

OREGON -The number of serious traffic accidents is rising throughout Oregon.  Most people surveyed by believe that increasing law enforcement patrols will slow the increasing number of serious traffic accidents and fatalities in Oregon.  

As of July 28, 2021, the number of traffic accident-related fatalities in Oregon traffic grew by 22% in 2021. 

According to Lou Torres, an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Public Information Representative, ODOT is very concerned about the increasing number of traffic accidents and fatalities.  He stated, "We are alarmed about the overall increase in severe crashes statewide." 

The Oregon State Police reported that their investigators' preliminary findings have discovered that a lot of the fatal accidents result from one car drifting into oncoming traffic. These accidents are often caused by "speeding, distracted and inattentive driving, impairment and fatigue."

ODOT is implementing other measures over the next few years, such as installing rumble strips to help prevent lane departure accidents.  These strips are grooves made into the pavement that produce a rumbling sound and vibration that warns drivers about leaving the lane.  The rumble strips are being considered for the centerline to reduce head-on collisions.

Oregon law enforcement agencies, first responders, and ODOT have partnered to promote driver safety with special educational campaigns aimed at reducing the number of traffic accident injuries and deaths.

It is well documented that most accidents can be prevented with a little extra care and safety education.  Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has been dedicated to keeping children and families safe on the roadway.  Our commitment runs deep through our extensive, award-winning public service programs that provide people the information they need to avoid injuries.  To learn about our Don't Drink and Drive Campaign, Child Passenger Safety Programs, Booster Seat Campaign and much more, visit and click on “community service,” or simply click here. You can also learn more about one of our newest driver and passenger safety programs by visiting

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Category: Auto Accidents

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