Oregon, Washington pedestrian deaths trending up, according to preliminary data
There are new numbers about pedestrian traffic deaths and it is not a glowing report for Oregon or Washington, since both states have seen an increase in pedestrian deaths, according to preliminary data.
In Oregon, the number of pedestrians killed in the first half of 2017 increased by 20 percent when compared to the first half of 2016. Washington saw an increase of 22 percent. This is preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association that tracked January through June 2017.
The city of Portland has a goal of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2025. The program is called Vision Zero and its annual report touts policy wins like Portland lowering residential speed limits to 20 mph, and the installation of red light cameras to capture speeders. Read the full report here.
Nationwide, for pedestrian fatality rates, Oregon ranks 20th out of 50 states, while Washington ranks 28th.