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Eugene aims to reduce crashes with new stop signs

According to Allstate's Best Drivers Report for 2019, Eugene is ranked 34th out of 200 other cities in the United States.

Posted: Jun 26, 2019 8:02 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2019 8:05 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- New four-way stop signs have been placed at the intersection of North Delta Highway and Ayers Road in response to construction nearby. 

But many drivers passing by are either not seeing the signs or completely ignoring them. 

Although there haven't been many accidents in the area, the City of Eugene decided to put up the signs as a precaution to reduce traffic accidents with all the construction close by. 

This initiative is a part of the Vision Zero Plan, a resolution the Eugene City Council passed last March in hopes of avoiding large motor vehicle accidents that could lead to fatalities.

Brian Richardson, a spokesperson for Eugene Public Works, said that these signals are placed to be more forgiving to drivers. 

"One thing we know is that speed is a major factor in the severity of crashes," Richardson said. "You know, people getting hurt and when we have more people there to slow folks down, one of the ways we can do that is through a stop sign."

Allstate's Best Drivers Report for 2019 indicates the number of traffic accidents are reducing in Eugene. The city is ranked 34th out of 200 other cities in the United States in the report. This means that drivers in the city are getting into crashes once every 11 years, and that's slightly above the national average. 

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