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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Changing seasons is a time to step up your visibility

Feature Topic Icon To increase your visibility at night, add reflective materials and items, as well as lights (lights are a safety plus!). And, while light-colored or florescent clothing is the better option compared to dark clothing, including reflection to your everyday wardrobe is essential to visibility during low-light hours. 

There are lots of ways to add shine: 

  • Wear clothing and accessories with reflective material. 
  • Add a reflective vest over your regular coat or jacket. 
  • Slap a reflective band on your arm, leg or ankle. 
  • Add reflectors and lights. 

    Be Seen Be Safe

For more helpful tips, visit TriMet's Be Seen. Be Safe website!

Posted November 7, 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.