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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.
Safety Spotlight

Plan ahead for a busy weekend
Halloween on Friday; Adjust clocks on Sunday 
SALEM — The last weekend in October this year is also the first weekend in November – and that means Halloween and the end of Daylight Savings Time occur just a day apart. For motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, trick-or-treaters and party-goers, it brings extra importance to the idea of planning ahead for safety – and for sleep.
“Getting a good night’s sleep is the best way to fend off drowsy driving,” said Troy E. Costales, ODOT’s Safety Division administrator. And getting several restful nights of sleep in a row is even better. That’s why safety advocates encourage people to begin “re-setting” their body clocks on Friday for the Sunday morning change. Of course this year, Friday is Halloween, and that may make calling it an ‘early night’ a little difficult.
In Oregon over the last five years, 54 people died in crashes involving a drowsy driver; last year alone 10 people died and 832 were injured. Across the country, 28 percent of American drivers have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll, and more than half (54 percent) said they have driven while drowsy. That’s a risk that could be fatal.
In the Pacific Northwest, everyone will set their clocks back one hour sometime Sunday morning (officially, it occurs at 2 a.m.). While it may seem like people will get an extra hour of sleep, that’s not always the case. Any change in a sleeping pattern that can cause tiredness.
For more tips and information, read the latest news release.


Oregon Traffic Fatalities
Year to Date as of 10/28/2014
2014: 260
2013: 269
Percentage Change from 2013 to 2014: -3.3%
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