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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Safety Study Highlights Bend's Traffic Crash Problem

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

According to a recent Traffic Safety Study, Bend had more fatal car crashes from 2006 to 2010 than other comparable cities.
  • According to a recent Traffic Safety Study, Bend had more fatal car crashes from 2006 to 2010 than other comparable cities.

"We have a traffic crash problem in the City of Bend, to put it bluntly," Police Chief Jeff Sale said at the Sept. 18 City Council meeting, in a brief overview of the results of a traffic safety study spanning 2006-2010.

In that four year period, Bend had 22 fatal car crashes (which killed 24 people all told) — significantly more than comparable Oregon cities such as Springfield (16), Medford (12), and Corvallis (2). Most of the crashes were caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speed, or inattention, Sale said.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Riverside/Galveston/Tumalo Closure Sparks Safety, Business Concerns

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Residents says drivers arent following the intended detour. Image via City of Bend.
  • Residents says drivers aren't following the intended detour. Image via City of Bend.

The intersection at Northwest Riverside Boulevard, Galveston Avenue, and Northwest Tumalo Avenue is only two days into a two month construction closure, but area residents and business owners are already over it.

At the Sept. 4 Bend City Council meeting, the visitor's section was filled with concerns about the project's impact. Among the chief concerns: Increased traffic on State Street, pedestrian safety, limited access to Galveston Avenue businesses, and a lack of advance notice for those in the effected neighborhoods.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

How Drunk Were We?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Here’s an interesting glimpse into Bend’s drinking habits. According to the Bend Police Department, most St. Patrick’s Day revelers who volunteered to take a breathalyzer test were, contrary to popular opinion, at or below the legal threshold for intoxication (or at least the standard developed by the state for enforcing DUI laws).

Of the nearly 90 party goers who offered to take a demonstration test, just under 20 people measure above .1 on the intoxilyzer (a press release from the Bend PD did not differentiate those who were at .08, the legal limit and those at .09 just above the legal limit for driving).  Nearly half of all voluntary participants tested at .06 or below, though a significant chunk of the population sample (23 people) turned up right in the gray zone, between .07 and .09

Police set up the demonstration booth at the corner of Wall and Oregon and the Wells Fargo parking lot and conducted the tests between 7 pm and 9:30pm.

As an aside, it would have been interesting to see how revelers fared on the test if it had been conducted between the hours of say 11pm and 1 am. We’re guessing maybe, not quite as well.




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Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's on TV Tonight!

A rundown of tonight's big fall television debut.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Holy CRAP!! Tonight marks TV's biggest night of Fall debuts and season premieres, so make sure all of your DVRs are rolling! And there's much more coming your way, which you can read about in this week's I Love Television™ (which inexplicably includes some very cruel taunting of Cristina Ricci's forehead… yes, I am a monster.) Here's the most important stuff happening tonight.

8:00 ABC CHARLIE'S ANGELS This reboot of the 1970s camp classic will focus less on protruding nipples and more on ultraviolent kick-assery. CONDEMN OR ALLOW??
8:00 NBC COMMUNITY Jeff (Joel McHale) returns to school to make a fresh start, and is promptly kicked out of biology class.
8:30 NBC PARKS & RECREATION Leslie must choose between Ben or running for office, while Ron must choose between seeing his first wife (Tammy 1) or running for his life. 9:00 NBC THE OFFICE James Spader hops onboard as the new Sabre CEO; marijuana freakouts ensue.
9:00 CBS PERSON OF INTEREST James "Jesus" Caviezel and Lost's Michael "Ben" Emerson as an ex-CIA operative and his billionaire software genius pal who team up to stop crimes BEFORE they happen.
9:30 NBC WHITNEY A sitcom about the downsides of relationships (such as sending your boyfriend to the hospital), starring the normally funny, but not funny here Whitney Cummings.
10:00 NBC PRIME SUSPECT The intensely bangable Maria Bello stars in this gritty reboot of the Brit crime drama that originally starred the also bangable Helen Mirren ( if you're into that sort of thing).

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Smoke It If You Got It: Bend petition aims to decriminalize pot

A petition to decriminalize marijuana in Bend, Oregon, is looking to gain signatures.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Bend residents may soon have a say about whether they want their city spending money enforcing marijuana laws, a push that if successful could effectively decriminalize pot in Bend.

Local activist Ron Boozel submitted the preliminary paperwork last week to city hall that will clear the way for a public referendum on marijuana decriminalization. City recorder Patty Stell said Boozel could start collecting signatures as soon as Thursday if no one files a protest before the seven-day deadline expires today at 5 p.m. So far no one has raised an objection, noted Stell. In order to amend the city charter, Boozel would need to collect roughly 6,500 signatures from registered voters in Bend who support the change.

Thanks to recent change in state law that was enacted at the behest of the Central Oregon Builders Association, Boozel would have 24 months to do that. Previously, signature gatherers could circulate a petition indefinitely before submitting it for verification.

Once the signatures have been submitted, the city takes a random sampling and compares it against the signatures on record at the county. If petition gatherers manage to gather the requisite signatures within the two-year window, the city will place it on the next general election ballot.

However, even if voters ultimately support the move, there is no guarantee that it would stand up to a legal challenge. There’s also no way to prohibit the Deschutes County Sheriff’s or other law enforcement agencies from enforcing state laws within the city of Bend. If successful, though, the amendment would stop the city of Bend from aiding outside agencies with marijuana busts.

“The goal is to end the drug war in our city and to use those resources for other things and encourage the police to focus on real crimes,” Boozel said.




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Monday, August 15, 2011

Bend PD To Public: Beware the Crosswalk

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Bend Police announced today that they will roll out another crosswalk enforcement campaign this week. Police officers will be out on Wednesday midday at Franklin and Harriman to monitor if drivers are yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk near the rail underpass. The enforcement will be conducted between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. and is the third of four pedestrian safety stings this summer. Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians inside or entering the crosswalk can be fined $297.

The Bend PD did not mention the possibility of warnings.  So be prepared to get on the brakes, or get out the checkbook.

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