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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Safety on our roads begins with you

Traffic Accident


Feature Topic Icon In light of two recent tragic--and avoidable--fatality crashes on county roads, LUT reminds you that while transportation staff and law enforcement officers strive to keep our roads safe, roadway safety is a team effort. We need YOU to join in on our mission and be a part of our team.

Laws, traffic control devices and pavement markings are in place for a reason-the safety of you and others on the road. Help us in our mission for safe roads by obeying these safety measures in place and respecting others that are traveling on the road with you.

Make sure to adjust your driving based on weather conditions and don't forget to be seen and be safe when walking or cycling in the dark.

Thanks for your cooperation! 

Posted January 14, 2015

 




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.