By News StaffPublished: Oct 29, 2014 at 9:07 PM PDTLast Updated: Oct 29, 2014 at 9:07 PM PDT
The public often lets feelings of fear drive their perception of a risk, rather than the probability of the risk actually happening, said University of Oregon Psychology Professor Paul Slovic.
With Ebola in the headlines, Slovic said, our thoughts of possibly contracting the disease hit all the risk perception hot buttons. It's unfamiliar, it's deadly, it's invisible, and not easily controllable.
Slovic says we tend to overreact and over-prepare, so that a disease doesn't spread. He says a lot of the precautions are more to ease the public fears than prevent a tragedy.
Jury selection started this week for David Bowen of Cottage Grove, who is accused of murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence in the death and disappearance of Beaverton resident Tammy Borda in Lane County.
That electric car could save you a lot of money at the pump. But when you buy less gas, you also pay less in gas taxes, which help pay for road repair.
"As we have more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, less and less funding to maintain roads, and it just spells disaster, ultimately, for our transportation system," said Michelle Godfrey with the Oregon Department of Transportation, "So, we have to find an alternative."
The alternative, Godfrey said, is a pilot program starting next year, where 5,000 volunteers can pay their road repair taxes per mile, rather than per gallon of gas.