Traffic Safety

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Wet Weather Safety Tips

It's November and in the Pacific Northwest that means pumpkin spice lattes, football and, of course, rain.

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

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


What do traffic engineers, road maintenance workers, bicycle 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. 

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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.