How Portland’s “Anything Goes” Homeless & Drug Policies enable Traffic Violence

Homeless and lacking identification, Katy Lyda lay unconscious in a Legacy Emanuel Medical Center bed for 12 days before hospital staff learned who she was.

Last year, 63 people died in traffic-related crashes in Portland. That’s the most in at least 30 years. Of them, 28 were pedestrians, also the highest number in at least the past 12 years.

And of those pedestrians, 36% were homeless, although they comprise only 0.7% of the Multnomah County population.

Yeah but a good progressive will tell you we are ALL to blame for this. Society has failed them. Oh don’t forget the high cost of rent.

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