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 High Water SusbauerThe rainy season is upon us!

Rain and wind can pose for a challenging commute.

Follow these important tips to ensure a safe commute for yourself and everyone around you:

  • Turn your headlights on
  • Slow down
  • Keep your distance between other vehicles, bikes and pedestrians
  • Give yourself extra time for your commute
  • If you see standing water on the road –turn around, don’t drown!

During stormy conditions, to request help or report a road hazard:

  • Life-threatening - emergency response - call 9-1-1
  • Report a road hazard - after hours - non-emergency response – (503) 629-0111
  • Report a road hazard - during business hours M-F 8am-5pm – (503) 846-ROAD (7623) or wc-roads@co.washington.or.us
  • Submit an online request for a non-emergency road service (monitored M-F 8am-5pm)

For local flooding:

For regional alerts, visit www.publicalerts.org.

Monitor our Twitter feed for the latest county road information @WashCoRoads.

Posted March 6, 2014




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.