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National safety officials say distracted driving is killing thousands of people every year. The National Transportation Safety Board wants to ban all cell phone use and texting while driving.  Steve Esselstyn with the Bend Police Department says the current state laws on the books, aren't changing behavior. “Your brain is not processing things in parallel, not driving and not texting with proficiency.   You’re distracted and it takes a while to recover and get your eyes back on the road. In some ways it is more dangerous than driving while intoxicated though both can be deadly.” The NTSB's action is a recommendation only, but this Board has been influential in bringing about other changes to improve traffic safety.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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