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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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Approximately 1 out of every 4 crashes involves cell phones. Distracted Driving Image

Think using a hands-free device while driving makes you safer? Think again.

Cell phone conversations--both in-hand or hands-free--are distracting.

In order to stay safe, you need your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind on driving.

Cell phones aren't the only cause of distracted driving... others include: eating a meal, grooming, adjusting vehicle controls or electronic devices, dealing with passengers or pets, being "lost in thought," and more.

Check out this two-minute video created by AAA Foundation of distracted teen driver crashes.

View the National Safety Council's informative infographic.

Make sure you are familiar with Oregon's law regarding the use of mobile devices while driving: ORS 811.507
Posted April 9, 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.