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Changing seasons is a time for "reflection"
Did you know?
- In 2012 there were 60 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes in Oregon. Of the 60 fatalities, 23 pedestrians (38.9%) were not visible—i.e., they wore dark clothing or were in the dark with or without lighting. (Oregon Department of Transportation)
- Eight out of ten drivers who struck people at night didn't see them. (Federal Highway Administration)
- A driver traveling at 35 mph needs at least 250 feet to stop safely. (MUTCD)
- Taking your eyes off the road for two seconds doubles your risk of getting into a crash. (AAA)
As daylight saving time goes away, it's a good time to stop and consider how visible you and your family are when biking and walking during low-light hours.
Here are some tips to help you be seen and be safe during the winter months:
- Wear reflective and/or light-colored clothing.
- Add shine—and lots of it.
- Use lights.
Be Seen. Be Safe!
For more information, visit TriMet's Be Seen website for a wealth of helpful information.
Posted October 21, 2013
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.