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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.
  • Spring break ahead – share the road safely!

    Bike rackSpring break often adds a little more congestion to our roads in Oregon – who wouldn’t want to visit our beautiful state? Oregonians, too, take to bicycles, motorcycles and more, so please: share the road safely and take extra steps to “See and Be Seen.”

     

Safety Spotlight

U.S. DOT Launches First-Ever National Tween Seat Belt Advertising Campaign 

 
 
WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced it’s first-ever, national advertising campaign aimed at parents of children ages 8-14 to make sure their kids are consistently and properly wearing their seat belt every time the car is moving.
 
“Buckling up is an important habit to instill in children at a young age. As parents, we need to lead by example and reinforce the message to make sure it sticks,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This campaign urges parents to never give up until their kids buckle up.”
 
A recent series of NHTSA focus groups found seat belt use can fall by the wayside when shuttling kids to and from school and activities, when running short errands, or when parents are a bit worn down by the daily grind, which makes this campaign urgently important.
 
Seat belts save lives and NHTSA data show that as children get older they are less likely to buckle up. Over the past 5 years, 1,552 kids between the ages of 8 and 14 died in car, SUV and van crashes – of those who died, almost half were unbelted.

Read more of the NHTSA press release or visit the ODOT Safety Belt webpage
 

Oregon Traffic Fatalities

 
Year to Date as of 03/26/2015
  • 2015: 83
2014: 62
 
Percentage Change from 2014 to 2015: 33.9%
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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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