Region Transportation Safety Newsletter, June 2013
Work Zone Safety Event
ODOT hosted a work zone safety event in Salem on May 28 on the Capitol steps and inside the Capitol Galleria. The event was well attended and reminded drivers to slow down and respect the cone zone.
Let Helmets Protect Your Brain
Bicycle helmets are required by law in Oregon for kids under 16 years old, not only while bicycling, but also while skateboarding, riding a scooter or in-line skating. To stay safe, ride bicycles on the right with traffic, use hand signals, obey traffic signs and signals, be visible and stay alert. Wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85%. Ride safely. The Way to Go.
Bicycle safety resources
Bicycle Safety: What Every Parent Should Know (PDF 491KB)
Look Out Before You Step Out
At some point during the day, each of us is a pedestrian. By exercising a few safety steps, we can all get to where we’re going safely. Remember, when you’re on foot, the first step to safety is yours.
Ditch the distractions. Keep your eyes and ears on traffic.
Walk on the edge. Always use the sidewalk when there is one. When there’s not, stick to the shoulder and face traffic.
Cross at corners. Obey signals at all times and use crosswalks.
Make eye contact. Don’t take a step to cross until drivers see you.
Be visible. If you’re wearing dark clothing, drivers may not see you. So do what you can to be seen.
Driver Ed Legislation Passed
Governor Kitzhaber signed HB 2264 into law on May 13. Thank you to everyone who helped in this team effort to increase access to driver education for Oregon teens! In a nutshell, HB 2264 contains three parts:
1) Subsidy increases for no/low income teens,
2) Strategies to help providers reach more places in Oregon, and
3) Sanctions to keep it efficient.
The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2014.
Teen Driver Resources
Miles to go is an annual report series from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company that monitors teen driver statistics and trends, providing a yearly snapshot of teen driver safety.
Source: TeenDriverSource.org, May 24, 2013
New "Teens And Trucks" curriculum offers simple, important safety lesson. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance created this lesson to help education novice drivers about driving safely near commercial vehicles.
Source: DOT Fast Lane Blog, May 10, 2013
Promoting Parent Involvement in Teen Driving. Researchers point to the critical role parents play in helping teens survive their most dangerous driving years. Children literally begin learning to drive the minute their parents bring them home from the hospital.
Source: GHSA, May 2, 2013
CDC Study Finds One in 24 Drivers Admits to Falling Asleep While Driving
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study of driving habits during 2009 and 2010 to find out how many people fall asleep while driving. Out of 147,076 respondents, 4.2% reported having fallen asleep while at the wheel during the previous 30 days. The potential for drowsy driving decreases with age, according to the CDC's findings, with 4.9% of adults ages 18 to 44 reporting having fallen asleep compared to 1.7% out of those 65 years or older. Respondents who were employed were more likely to report drowsy driving (at 5.1%). The CDC went on to say that drowsiness in general impairs driving skills, slowing reaction times and making drivers less attentive. Crashes related to sleep issues are more likely to happen at night or during mid-afternoon, and these crashes often involve a single vehicle going off the road. To see the full article, go to: www.automotive-fleet.com/
Source: Automotive Fleet, January 3, 2013
Do As I Say, Not As I Do
More than one in five American drivers have been involved in a serious crash and nearly one in three have had a friend or relative seriously injured or killed in a crash. Despite that alarming research, the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index found that an attitude of “do as I say, not as I do” persists among motorists, many of whom admit to engaging in the same dangerous behaviors that they criticize as being “unacceptable.”
Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, January 10, 2013
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