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Distracted Driving Awareness

Drivers: is that text or call worth it all?

Distracted driving has become an epidemic in Oregon. At least every 3 hours someone in Oregon is injured by distracted driving behavior. It's going to take more than just talking about it for people to put down the phone and focus on the task at hand: driving safely. Learn more about the work safety advocates in Oregon are doing to eliminate this costly behavior.

Take the pledge. Download and print this pledge form (PDF). Then use an app or other technology on your smartphone - or turn off the phone - when you are driving. The life you save could be your own.

What we're doing

4th Annual National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
We're putting the spotlight on distracted driving. In April and throughout the year, we're joining the Therwhanger family in asking that drivers put away the distractions and focus on driving safely. In Feb. 2016, 19-year-old Alexxyss Therwhanger (pictured right) was posting to social media while she was driving in eastern Oregon, crashed into a​nother vehicle and died. Her family wants to share her story so that no one has to suffer this kind of tragedy ever again.

The Therwhanger family has allowed Alexxyss' car to travel the state as a powerful message: don't drive distracted - it could cost your life or the life of someone you love. Remember Alexxyss and take the pledge​ (PDF).

See the photos from our April 6, 2017 event at the Capitol Mall in Salem, where we kicked off the 2017 National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Task Force
The Oregon Transportation Commission organized a Distracted Driver Task Force to find ways to curb distracted driving through enforcement, education, data and policy. Task force members worked throughout 2016 and completed a report with recommendations (PDF).

Variable Message Signs
In our Region 3 area (southern Oregon), we're piloting the use of creative messaging on highway signs to encourage conversation about the need to reduce distractions and focus on driving. 

What you can do

Understanding the impact of distracted driving


IMG_3958.JPGDistractions include anything that diverts your attention away from focusing on your primary task -operating your vehicle - and responding to what is going on around you. 

This includes:
  • Visual distractions: Anything that takes your eyes off the road
  • Cognitive distractions: Anything that takes your mind off the road
  • Manual distractions: Anything that takes your hands off the wheel
  • Auditory distractions: Hearing something not related to driving

Distracted Driving brochure​ (PDF)

Oregon's Safe and Courteous Driving Program

12 Tips for Focused Driving

SOU Distracted Driving Study

Distracted Driver Task Force

National Safety Council

Photo gallery (Flickr)

 Material from the 2016 event is below:

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