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Do Safety Corridors Decrease Accidents

In this article Lt. Marlene West of the Oregon State Patrol in the McMinnville office referring to the corridor states, ”It isn’t perfect, but it’s safer.” The data does not support that statement. Two graphs presented in the article, show that the traffic on the stretch of highway designated as a safety corridor has increased about 19 percent while the accidents on the highway increased as much as 25 percent. The data presented shows that the number of accidents has increased substantially more than the traffic while the number of fatalities remained constant. There is little doubt that safety corridors bring in double the amount of fines but according to the data provided they apparently do not reduce accidents or deaths. The purpose of these corridors is therefore unclear. It may well be that the money spent on the signs and extra patrols could be spend better elsewhere.


By E Geese

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