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Roadway Safety

The Roadway Safety Program partners with engineers, contractors, and local and regional governments to ensure all state highways are built to meet the highest safety standards.

​The four E's of safety are: engineering, enforcement, education and emergency medical services. These are the foundation of all Roadway Safety Program activities.

Engineering:  While human factors are the main contributing reason in traffic crashes, well-engineered roads can mitigate the severity of such crashes or prevent them altogether.  Even low-cost improvements, such as striping, raised pavement markers, rumble strips, speed bumps and conspicuous signage have proven to be effective counter measures.
 
Enforcement:  Roadway Safety Program funds increased police patrols, as consistent enforcement is the most effective short-term measure to reduce traffic crashes - particularly in safety corridors, where fines for traffic violations double.
 
Education:  Roadway Safety Program helps coordinate ongoing education, training and research on how road engineering impacts traffic safety.  In addition, the program raises awareness among key stakeholders and the general public about the role of safety corridors and their effect on crash reduction.
 
Emergency Medical Services:  Timely delivery of emergency medical services is essential to reducing fatal outcomes.  The Roadway Safety Program works to ensure that road engineering and driver behaviors do not impact the timely delivery of EMS through ongoing education and partnerships with a variety of state and local public works partners.

​Safety corridors are stretches of state highways where fatal and serious injury traffic crash rates are higher than the statewide average for similar types of roadways. To reduce the number of these incidents, the stretch of the road is designated as a "safety corridor" and becomes subject to heightened enforcement and double fines for traffic infractions, if signed. Drivers may also be asked to turn on headlights during the day, reduce speed and refrain from passing.

New Safety Corridor Guidelines Effective January 2017

Oregon Safety Corridor Program Guidelines
Jan 2017 vs Dec 2006 Corridor Guideline Comparison Sheet 
2016 State Highway Safety Corridor List

 

 

​Road engineering has the ability to directly impact the rates of crashes and overall traffic safety. Continuing education and access to latest research and recommendations is critical to building safe roads and reducing the rate of injuries and fatalities on Oregon roads.

Visit the links below to learn about available classes and workshops.
 
University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies
 
Presentation:
 
Saving us from ourselves: Human factors and the design of safer roads
Alison Smiley, Ph.D.
Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
 
 

Anne Holder
Program Manager
503-986-4195

Transportation Safety Division
ODOT-TLC Building, MS 3
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142

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