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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Halloween should be scary, not deadly
Drive sober or get pulled over.
Drunk driving increases on Halloween, with half of all deaths on Halloween night involving a drunk driver or motorcyclist.
Use these tips to stay safe on Halloween:
- Plan a safe way to get home before you drink: designate a sober driver, take public transportation or call a ride service.
- Walking while drunk can be dangerous; designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- If you see a drunken driver on the road, call local law enforcement when safe to do so.
- If you see someone you think may drive impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.
For more information, visit: www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov
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.
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.