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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.

What we're doing

2017 National Distracted Driving Awareness Month Kickoff Event
On Thurs., April 6 from 11:30 – 1:30, we'll be at the Capitol Mall in Salem putting the spotlight on distracted driving. Speakers begin at noon and include State Representative Andy Olson, ODOT Director Matt Garrett, Oregon State Police Major David Anderson, Marie Dodds from AAA Oregon/Idaho and others involved in advocating for safety.

We'll have on hand: 

-Trailer with the car of Alexxyss Therwhanger (pictured left), who was texting while driving and died in a crash in eastern Oregon in Feb. 2016. The Therwhanger family wants everyone to learn from their tragedy (View the public service announcement​).
-OSP unmarked vehicles, used in distracted driving enfrocement efforts.
-Incident response vehicles.
-Educational materials and more.

We’ll also be live streaming the event on Facebook.

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. 

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

​News Release

Oregon's Safe and Courteous Driving Program

11 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:

​DropBox Flickr Task Force




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 Task Force Graphic