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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It's not quite spring ...
The groundhog has forecasted an early spring, and recent warm weather could mean he's right. While spring generally means safer travel conditions, there are safety precautions to keep in mind.
- Road conditions – The winter's heavy rains and ice have wrecked havoc on many roads throughout the region. Washington County road crews are doing their best to repair shoulders, ditches, and roadways that were damaged over the winter. All travelers - motorists, walkers and bicyclists - need to be vigilant about monitoring road conditions.
- Animal activity – It's still early, but as temperatures continue to rise, more animals will be hitting the streets, particularly at night and early morning. Watch out for furry and feathered friends. You don't want to hurt them, and you don't want them to hurt you, your bicycle or your car.
- Warmer weather can bring more bicyclists and walkers out onto the streets. Farm vehicles will also be taking to the rural roads. Remember: Share the road!
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.