Traffic Safety

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Wet Weather Safety Tips

Fall in the Pacific Northwest means pumpkin spice lattes, football and, of course, rain.

Heavy rain can reduce visibility and create slick road conditions. It contributes to 10% of all vehicle crashes and 46% of weather-related crashes according to Federal Highway Administration.

Safety tips for drivers:

  • Check windshield wipers and all lights (headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals) before leaving
  • Slow down
  • Keep lights on
  • Increase following distance
  • Use extra caution near pedestrians and bicyclists

Helpful safety tips for pedestrians and bicyclists:

  • Be seen by wearing light-colored clothing and using reflectors
  • Watch out for vehicles and obey traffic laws
  • Avoid distractions including phones or headphones


What traffic engineers do …

We use 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.