Traffic Safety

What do traffic engineers, road maintenance workers, bike and pedestrian advocates, deputy sheriffs and firefighters have in common? A concern for public safety! And traffic safety is a huge component of public safety.

Our goal is to reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage from road traffic collisions.  Contributing factors to road traffic crashes are related to the driver, the vehicle, the pedestrian, the bicyclist, and the road itself. Check out what officials can do and what you can do to help!

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Feature Topic Share the road!SlowMovingTractor

Summer is here, and lots of folks will be out enjoying the scenic beauty of rural Washington County. More than half of the county's 1,300 road miles are in rural settings--winding through farms, forests, nurseries and vineyards.

Motorists traveling Washington County's rural roads may occasionally find themselves sharing the road with bicyclists and walkers enjoying the scenery, as well as with large slow-moving farm equipment moving to their next work location.

Not being aware of these slow moving road users until it is too late can create a hazardous situation.

Read more about how to share the road safely...

Posted June 27, 2014




What officials can do…

Traffic engineers refer to the 3 E's:  Engineering, Education, and Enforcement. 

  • Engineering tools include road design, pavement markings, warning and regulatory signs, and traffic calming devices, along with all the engineering that goes into the design and manufacture of vehicles. 
  • Education informs people through driver's education classes, media safety campaigns, signage, speed watch programs, and school and neighborhood meetings. 
  • Enforcement techniques include Sheriff's Office warnings and citations, along with radar trailers, speed display signs and radar reader boards.

 

What you can do…

Motorists today share the road with many more bicyclists, pedestrians, and farmers moving their equipment.  Here are the keys to safety for us all:

  • Speed – watch it!
  • Alcohol – do not drink and drive.
  • Seatbelts – wear them!
  • Helmets – if you are on a bike, a helmet should be on you. 
  • Visibility – when walking or biking, wear light and reflective colors.