It is a statistical fact that Portland has some of the worst drivers in the United States. The new annual report by Allstate, one of the largest insurance providers, proves it once again.
According to the report, Portland ranked 181 in the list of “America’s Best Drivers” where the cities are placed in order of what cities the drivers are most likely to be involved in a crash. The results are based on the claims filed with Allstate. Portland drivers are 39% more likely to be involved in an accident comparing to the national average.
The top 5 of the cities with the best drivers consists of Brownsville, TX, Kansas City, KS, Madison, WI, Cape Coral, FL and Boise, ID.
Seattle is two spots behind Portland, and Oakland and San Francisco are at 186 and 191 respectively. Boston is at 200 this year, just like the year before.
Portland has moved two spots up comparing to last year.
By the beginning of April there already were 12 fatal crashes in Portland, some of them involving pedestrians.
The city is making changes to make the roads safer including flashing beacons, increased traffic patrols and changes in high crash corridors.
Daimler Trucks North America announced on Monday, June 6, that it plans reducing its headcount, including 170 workers at its Portland branch, due to sales drop. They will temporarily lay off 1,240 workers across North America. There are 20,000 people across North America working for Daimler Trucks, and about 2,800 of them in Portland.
The biggest reductions in headcount are planned for North Carolina, where 600 employees in Mt. Holly and 200 in Gastonia will have to temporarily leave their jobs. The company is also planning cuts in Santiago, Mexico, where it is laying off 270 employees.
The moves will become effective on July 1 in Portland where Daimler’s headquarters are located.
The cuts are the result of sustained sales drop and a decreased build rate. Daimler expects a 15%-decrease over 2015 figures. When the figures go up again, employees who have been laid off will have first rights to be recalled.
It is time for classic car lovers in Portland to get excited as Mecum Auctions bring their classic cars to the Portland Expo Center next weekend, June 17-18.
Approximately 600 cars, including hot rods, muscle cars and other types of classic cars, will be displayed. Dana Mecum, president of Mecum Auctions, says the company is happy to celebrate great car collector heritage of Portland.
Portland has always demonstrated passion for cars and their history and love for car collecting traditions. It can be seen at events like the Portland Automotive Swamp Meet and the Portland Roadster Show and local attractions, such as the famous World of Speed Museum.
The auction event is open to the general public with $30 admission cost per day. Bidders can register for $100 prior the even or $200 at the auction. The admission is free for children of 12 and younger. Sellers can check in June 15-16, 8AM-6PM.
Auction gates open at 8AM daily and the auction starts at 10AM.