Oregon is cracking down on distracted driving
and has added 40 unmarked patrol cars to the ranks of its state police fleet this year. According to Oregon Live
, the new cars
will not only target distracted drivers, but speeders as well. Distracted driving-related traffic stops have already jumped 37 percent since the new squad cars hit the road, so it looks like it's working. On top of the new additions to the OSP's fleet, the state Department of Transportation is forming a task force to cut down on distracted driving incidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 3,100 people were killed and 424,000 injured in distracted driving-related incidents in 2013. Oregon Live
says 1,500 people were convicted for cell phone use while driving in that state, while traffic deaths jumped 27 percent last year. Oregon doesn't seem to have targeted any specific reduction in that last stat, but it's likely an extra 40 cruisers dedicated to preventing distracted driving will reverse that increase.