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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Feature Topic Icon Watch out! Shorter days ahead!

Be Seen Be Safe before and afterAs the days get shorter, visibility lessens. Whether you are a motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian, do your part to ensure a safe commute is in store!

Follow these simple tips:

  • Motorists – Be on the lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians during all hours of the day, regardless of the weather. Watch for pedestrians at all intersections and mid-block crossings. Always share the road.

  • Bicyclists – Make predictable movements. Be visible to drivers - light up your bike and lighten up your outfit.

  • Pedestrians – Be visible to motorists and bicyclists. Wear bright clothing. Before crossing a street (even at a marked crosswalk), make sure motorists and bicyclists see you and give them enough time to stop.

Visit our Winter Driving, Bicycling and Walking pages for more helpful tips…

Posted October 30, 2015 - Photo provided by TriMet.

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.