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Oregon Rural Roads in Top 20 Most Dangerous,
According to Study
|Traffic jam in Newport, on Highway 101
(Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota) - Just in time for the
summer travel rush around the nation, and to the Oregon coast, the national
Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) at the University of Minnesota
released a list of the states where Americans are more likely to die in
a traffic crash on a rural road.
Oregon’s rural roads placed number 16 in the number
Roads to and from the Oregon coast were in 2005 ranked
among the most congested in the nation, with Highway 26 getting a special
spotlight in one study.
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For most people, riding in a motor vehicle is one of the
most dangerous things they ever do, and this is particularly true when
traveling on rural roads. While U.S. Census figures show that about two
out of ten (21 percent) Americans live in rural areas, the U.S. Department
of Transportation has found that about six out of ten (57 percent) highway
deaths happen on roads that it considers rural.
“Millions of Americans will be driving this holiday
weekend, and they would be wise to carefully consider these findings before
they do,” said CERS Director Lee Munnich, Jr., of the University
of Minnesota ’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. “ America
’s rural byways seem so tranquil and safe, but the reality is that
they can be as lethal as they are lovely.”
|Of all the routes to the coast, Highway 6, between Tillamook and
Portland, is among the most winding
The states with the highest proportion of their total traffic
fatalities occurring on rural roads are:
1) Maine (92%)
2) North Dakota (90%)
3) South Dakota (89%)
4) Iowa (88%)
4) Vermont (88%)
5) Montana (86%)
6) Wyoming (84%)
7) South Carolina (83%)
8) Mississippi (82%)
9) Arkansas (81%)
10) West Virginia (80%)
11) Kansas (78%)
12) Nebraska (77%)
13) Idaho (75%)
13) New Hampshire (75%)
13) Kentucky (75%)
14) Oklahoma (73%)
15) Minnesota (72%)
15) Missouri (72%)
16) Oregon (72%)
17) Alaska (71%)
18) Wisconsin (68%)
18) North Carolina (68%)
19) Utah (66%)
19) Louisiana (66%)
20) Alabama (65%)
|Tiny streets of Manzanita
According to UM, Oregon’s rural roads saw 351 fatal
crashes in 2005, out of a total of 488 crashes throughout the state. The
study says that means 72 percent of the state’s car fatalities that
year happened in roads outside a city.
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The number is actually four percent lower than the 2004
Many of the state’s rural roads are along the coast
or near it, including the enormous and very winding Highway 101, which
stretches from border to border, and runs along the coastline - all but
a thirty-mile stretch from Pacific City to Bay City.
The state-by-state rural fatalities data reflects deaths
on rural roads in 2005 and was compiled by CERS researchers using information
from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Rural roads are identified
as those located outside of areas with a population of 5,000 or more.
The entire list is available at www.ruralsafety.umn.edu.
Traveling America ’s roads is particularly dangerous
this time of year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,
the top two days of the year for motor vehicle fatalities over the years
1986-2002 have been July 3 and July 4.
|Twisting highway near Florence
There are many reasons for America ’s high rate of
rural crash deaths. Head-on collisions and driving off the road crashes
— both of which are disproportionately deadly — are common
on the two-lane, undivided highways prevalent in rural areas. Rural roads,
with lighter traffic and pleasant scenery, can easily lull drivers into
a false sense of security. An over-relaxed comfort level can lead to motorists
driving at unsafe speeds, distracted, fatigued, unbelted or impaired,
all of which increase the likelihood of a crash. Additionally, emergency
response time to a rural crash and hospital transport can be lengthy and
thus jeopardize survival rate. Crash victims are five to seven times more
likely to die from their injuries unless they arrive at a trauma center
in the first half-hour following the crash.
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“All states need to improve rural highway safety,
but the issue is particularly pressing in these states,” said Munnich.
“Fortunately, there’s much that can be done to prevent future
works to raise awareness of the problem of rural road fatalities, and
advocate policy changes impacting road design and driver behavior. For
instance, CERS advocates state adoption of primary seat belt laws, which
allow law enforcement officers to pull people over for not using their
seat belts. States that enact primary seat belt laws have increased their
seat belt usage rates dramatically, by an average of 14 percent, which
in turn reduces the number of injuries and deaths.
“This is a public health issue we must take much
more seriously,” said Munnich. “In 2005, 23,549 Americans
died on rural roadways. We are right to focus significant attention and
resources on preventing things like AIDS, SARS, e coli poisoning, and
skin cancer, but we can’t forget that this public health problem
is even more deadly.”
Center for Excellence in Rural Safety provides citizen-centered research,
training, and outreach to enhance rural safety and to meet the needs of
rural transportation practitioners and policymakers. The U.S. Congress
created the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety in July 2005 as part
of a broader, multiyear, multimillion-dollar directive establishing four
national centers for surface transportation excellence in the Safe, Accountable,
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)
transportation funding legislation.
In 2005, the American Highway Users Alliance named the
roads to the Oregon coast as the most congested in the nation, based on
expected travel delays resulting from traffic bottlenecks.
Highways 18 and 22 to the Oregon coast were named
two of the state’s most dangerous, by travel book company Moon Books.
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Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
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Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
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up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
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movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
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171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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