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Thursday, September 14, 2006

 

DO YOU HAVE “SAFETY CORRIDORS” IN YOUR STATE?

- By Vince Johnson

In Oregon, it has become appropriate to put a question mark after the words "Safety Corridor?" The reason makes sense. Consider the official definition of a "Safety Corridor" as stated February 6, 2006 by Anne Holder, Oregon Department of Transportation Statewide Roadway Safety Program Manager:

"Safety Corridors are sections of state highways that ODOT has identified as having a fatal and serious injury crash rate that is at, or higher than 110 percent of the three-year statewide average for a similar type roadway. By concentrating law enforcement in these areas, Oregon saves lives and prevents injuries on its roads."

I don't understand the logic behind this. The word "Safety" implies that you are at less risk and NOT increased risk of having an accident. It seems to me Oregon’s most dangerous roadways should be called "Danger Corridors." The word "Safety" suggest the road is safe, not dangerous. On the chance that my opinion is wrong, I decided to see how other agencies use the word "Safety" when classifying various areas or zones.................
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