Traffic Safety

What do traffic engineers, road maintenance workers, bicycle 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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Traffic-related deaths in Oregon increased in 2016. 

With more drivers on the road and more distractions for drivers, safety is vital.

Oregon Department of Transportation's 9 lives lost in 9 days on Central Oregon highways video is a stark reminder to drive with care.

Remember the basics:

  • Don't drive under the influence
  • Buckle up on every trip
  • Put away distractions
  • Don't drive drowsy
  • Follow the speed limit
  • Reduce speed in bad weather


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.