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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
    • Recent motorcycle crashes serve as reminder to focus on safety
      Simple actions can help prevent most crashes
    • This spring’s rash of motorcycle crashes serve as a poignant reminder that safety should be a top priority for both motorcyclists and drivers. The Oregon Department of Transportation has received preliminary reports of 19 motorcycle fatalities this year (Jan. 1 to June 19, 2014); that’s a 100 percent increase from the same time period last year.

      Human error is a factor
      With the warmer spring weather, motorcyclists took to the roads. Unfortunately, many of the fatal crashes this spring were due to human error. According to preliminary reports, speeding, following too closely and abrupt lane changes were factors in the majority of fatal crashes this year. In 2013, about 73 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes in Oregon were attributed to the motorcyclist committing the primary error leading to the crash.

      Training improves safety
      “Our reports tell us that most of the motorcyclists killed this year have not been through a motorcycle safety education course,” said Michele O’Leary, Motorcycle Safety Program manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation. “Safety education can sharpen your skills and make you better prepared for the challenges of riding in our great state.”
       
      Basic and advanced classes are available across the state. ODOT-approved motorcycle safety courses are provided by the TEAM Oregon Motorcycle Safety Program, which has been delivering rider education for three decades. Visit the TEAM Oregon website for a list of classes near you.

      We all have a role in safety
      Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Motorcyclists’ responsibilities include obeying traffic laws, being alert to other drivers, never riding while impaired or distracted and always wearing a helmet and highly visible gear. All through the year, but especially during the summer when more motorcyclists are on the road, drivers should safely “share the road” with motorcycles and be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.

      For more safety tips and information, read the recent ODOT News Release


       
       


 

 

 


Oregon Traffic Fatalities
 
Year to Date as of 08/18/2014
2014: 180
2013: 201
 
Percentage Change from 2013 to 2014: -10.4%
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The Crash Analysis and Reporting (CAR) Unit provides motor vehicle crash data through multiple reports that can be found on their web site.

  

 
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