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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Back to School!
Summer break for students is coming to an end for most local area schools. Commuters will find kids walking and biking to school and buses loading and unloading kids.
Here are a few helpful tips to prepare for the school year:
- Drivers need to slow down to 20 mph when entering school zones!
- Students need to be visible when walking or biking and should not make unpredictable movements!
- Drivers and bicyclists must always stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing.
Posted August 28, 2014
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.