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Governor's Advisory Committees
Committee Introduction

Governor's Advisory Committees
advise the ODOT Transportation Safety Division (TSD) and the Governor's Highway Safety Representative on safety issues in a variety of disciplines.
The Governor's Advisory Committees serve under Executive order of the Governor or by statute.  The committees are: 
OTSC - Oregon Transportation Safety Committee
GAC DUII - Governor's Advisory Committee on DUII
GAC Motorcycle -  Governor's Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety
About the OTSC


Chair - Victor Hoffer
Vice Chair - Louis A. Ornelas
Jerome S. Cooper, Member
Marian Owens, Member
Committee Secretary:  Annette Earl
                                     503 986-4188  
ORS 802.300:
(1) The Transportation Safety Committee is created within the Department of Transportation to advise the department and the Oregon Transportation Commission concerning the functions described under ORS 802.310 and to perform any other functions related to transportation safety that the commission delegates. The committee established under this section shall consist of five members appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the commission. The term of office of each member is four years. Before the expiration of the term of a member, the Governor shall appoint a successor. A member is eligible for reappointment. In case of a vacancy for any cause, the Governor shall appoint a person to fill the office for the unexpired term. 


The Oregon Transportation Safety Committee has its roots in the federal Highway Safety Act of 1966.  In response to that Act, the Oregon legislature created a governor appointed Oregon Transportation Safety Commission in 1967.  A newly created position of Governor’s Highway Safety Representative, and the Commission, were assigned to advise the governor regarding laws and activities to address the growing problem of highway safety, and to manage and conduct a program to address safety on the roadways.  In 1991 the Commission and Representative were moved by the Oregon Legislature to a placement within the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) as part of a reorganization of state government.  State laws were subsequently re-written to place the Commission as a Committee with an advisory role to the Oregon Transportation Commission.  Under law, the Committee retained certain decision making responsibilities as part of the new organizational structure.  With the move, Commission Staff became employees of ODOT, forming into what is now named the Transportation Safety Division.  From the first Commission, to the Oregon Transportation Committee of today, the group works to develop a plan that lists projects and activities conducted in Oregon.  The plan, known by the names Highway Safety Plan or Performance Plan, is presented for adoption by the Oregon Transportation Commission each summer.   
*Meetings are on Tuesdays, unless otherwise noted.* 

Times (excluding January)
9:00am – 9:30am Pre-Meeting
9:30am – 12:30pm Formal Meeting
2017 Proposed
OTSC Meeting Calendar
January 17, 2017 - Silver Falls Conference Center
February 14, 2017 - DPSST
March 14, 2017 - DPSST
April 11, 2017 - DPSST
May 9, 2017 - DPSST
June 13, 2017 - DPSST
​July 11, 2017 - DPSST
August 8, 2017 - DPSST
September 12, 2017 - DPSST
October 10, 2017 - DPSST
November 14, 2017 - DPSST
December 12, 2017 - DPSST

Location for meetings:
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST)
4190 Aumsville Highway SE
Salem, Oregon

Conferences and Workshops of Interest:
**Judicial Education Conference March 15 – 17, 2017 at Salishan in Lincoln City, OR
Annual DUII Conference April 20 – 21, 2017 at Seven Feathers in Canyonville
2017 Oregon EMS Conference September 22 – 24, 2017 in Bend, OR
Oregon CPS Conference date TBD location TBD
*Times tentative, subject to change
**Not open to GAC but OTSC ok (Jerry & Victor usually attend)



Chair - Chuck Hayes
Vice-Chair - Cate Duke
Teresa Douglas
Eric Hlad
Robert Herried
Lois Harvick
Hon. John T. Mercer
Andy Olson
Committee Staff:
Program Manager, Daniel Estes
Transportation Safety Division
503 986-4183
503 986-3143 FAX 
4190 Aumsville Highway SE
Salem, Oregon  
Committee SecretaryAnnette Earl
                                    503 986-4188
The Governor's advisory on DUII shall broadly represent the Legislative Assembly, public and private organizations involved in DUI countermeasures, victims of drunk drivers, and the general public." "...Heighten public awareness of the seriousness of the drunk driving problem. Persuade communities to attack the drunk driving problem in a more organized and systematic manner, including plans to eliminate bottlenecks in the arrest, trial and sentencing process that impair the effectiveness of many drunk driving laws. Generate public support for increased enforcement of state and local drunk-driving laws. Educate the public as to the dangers of driving while under the influence and its effects on life and property..."
Oregon Public Safety Academy (DPSST)
4190 Aumsville Highway SE
Salem, Oregon
Meetings are scheduled 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  
The "Proposed" 2017 meeting dates of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (GAC on DUII) will be held the first Friday of every month (with the exception of January, July and September) as follows:
2017 Proposed
Meeting Calendar
January 6, 2017
​February 3, 2017 - Canceled due to weather
​March 3, 2017
April 7, 2017

May 5, 2017

June 2, 2017
July 7, 2017
August 4, 2017
September 8, 2017
October 6, 2017
November 3, 2017
December 1, 2017

GAC on Motorcycle Safety
Chair - Peter Russell, Bend
Vice Chair - Chris Henry, Eugene
Joe Elliott, Springfield
Graham Munsell, Gervais
C.J. Strauss, Portland
Debbie Weber, Albany
Jeff Greiner, Motorcycle Program Manager
(503) 986-4198
Committee Secretary: Annette Earl
                                   503 986-4188
Liaisons to Committee: 
DMV:   Cassandra Bay
Oregon State Police:    Jason Lindland
Portland Police Bureau:    Bret Barnum
TEAM Oregon:  Pat Hahn– Oregon State University
Oregon Army National Guard:  Brian Mortenson 
The committee’s focus shall be upon rider education, drinking and riding, road hazards unique to motorcyclists, motorist awareness of motorcycles, sharing the road and other safety issues. The committee advises the Governor and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative on safety for motorcyclists in Oregon. The committee works closely with the Oregon Department of Transportation to find solutions to engineering related safety issues that affect motorcyclists.
Unless otherwise notified, meetings begin at 4:00pm and are held at:

ODOT - TLC Building
Alsea Conference Room
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, Oregon 97302-1142

GAC on Motorcycle Safety
Meeting Calendar
January 2017 - Canceled due to weather
February 16, 2017
March 16, 2017
April 20, 2017
May 18, 2017
June 15, 2017
July 15, 2017
August 17, 2017
September 2017 - No Meeting
​October 19, 2017
​November 2017 - No Meeting
December 2017 - No Meeting


Other Items of Interest:
2017 Oregon Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Proclamation
2016 Transportation Safety Action Plan