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  • Driver Education Reduces Crashes and Saves Lives
    Motor vehicle crashes are the no.1 cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds.  Teens who take formal driver training in Oregon have much lower crash rates.  Yet, only about one third of eligible Oregonians sign up for driving classes, saying they don't have the time, money, or easy access to them.  Teens who took an ODOT-approved driver education course have had fewer crashes, traffic convictions and suspensions.
  • Share the road with motorcycles
    Share the road
    With warmer weather coming, more motorcycles will be on the roads. Motorcycles offer many advantages over autos. They are more fuel efficient and require less lane and parking space. The motorcycle industry is now expecting the increased price of fuel to further increase sales. Motorcycles are small and may be difficult for other drivers to see, that's why it's important to be alert and share the road safely. Ride safely. The Way to Go.
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April Designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
 

UDrive_H_CMYK.jpgSALEM — The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has, for the first time, designated April as national “Distracted Driving Awareness” month. Across the country, a campaign will remind motorists, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” and it is aimed at saving lives.

In Oregon, from 2008 – 2012, 13 people were killed in crashes involving drivers who admitted or were witnessed using a handheld mobile communication device. Officials believe that number is much higher because people may not admit they were distracted while driving, especially if they were using a cell phone.

“We want motorists to be more focused on driving, not less – especially with nice weather on the way when more people will be out using the transportation system,” said Troy E. Costales, Safety Division administrator for the Oregon Department of Transportation. “We’re proud to support the national effort to raise awareness about how deadly distractions can be; we’re working toward zero fatalities on our streets and roads.”

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Oregon Traffic Fatalities
 
Year to Date as of 04/21/2014
2014: 79
2013: 73
 
Percentage Change from 2013 to 2014: 8.2%
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