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Safety Study Highlights Bend's Traffic Crash Problem 

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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Erin Rook

Erin is the Source Weekly's Associate Editor. Before moving to Bend in 2013, Erin worked as a writer and editor for publications in Portland including PQ Monthly and Just Out. He has also written for the Willamette Week, El Hispanic News, Travel Portland, OUT City, Boston magazine and the Taunton Daily Gazette...
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