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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.
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    Are you prepared for inclement weather? Check your vehicle's condition before you go and pack emergency supplies in case you get stuck. Make sure you have appropriate chains or traction tires and slow down and drive according to conditions of the road. Check out road conditions, travel information and road cameras by visiting TripCheck.com or call 511. Drive Safely. The Way to Go.
Safety Spotlight

Plan ahead and be prepared for rainy, wintery travel



SALEM – Whenever there’s a chance of stormy weather, ODOT encourages everyone to plan for extra traveling time.

Whether you are driving, riding your bike, or walking. Motorists should also prepare their vehicles in advance and be ready to adjust speed or change a route based on the weather. Extra caution is the key to success when major weather patterns threaten.

For example, here are some steps to make sure your vehicle is ready for the changing season:
  • -  Ensure the heater and defroster are working properly.
  • -  Test all lights. Carry spare light bulbs.
  • -  Use antifreeze that’s good to -25°F; check and fill washer and other fluids and make sure hoses aren’t loose or brittle.
  • -  Keep wipers clean and in good condition; fill the windshield washer tank.
  • -  Make certain your battery is fully charged (also check battery age and cable conditions).
  • -  Ensure your tires are in good condition and properly inflated for best traction, including your spare.
  • -  Carry chains or have traction tires installed for winter.
  • -  Keep an automotive safety kit in your vehicle (see below for some things that should be in the kit.)

Oregon Traffic Fatalities
Year to Date as of 11/26/2014
  • 2014: 305
2013: 292
Percentage Change from 2013 to 2014: 4.5%
 Crash Summary Book
The Crash Analysis and Reporting (CAR) Unit provides motor vehicle crash data through multiple reports that can be found on their web site.


Safety Manuals
Road Conditions, Travel Information and Chain Laws
Trip Check