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Region Transportation Safety Newsletter, December 2014
Snow zones ahead

Are you prepared for inclement weather? Plan your winter trip to allow extra travel time. Check your vehicle's condition before you go. Pack emergency supplies in case you get stuck. Make sure you have appropriate chains or traction tires. Slow down and drive according to conditions of the road. Turn off cruise control in wet, icy or snowy weather. If weather conditions are bad, don't drive. Check out road conditions, travel information and road cameras by visiting TripCheck.com or call 511 for Oregon road conditions.



Fog lights

Please remember that driving towards a car with both headlights and fog (or auxiliary) lights on can be blinding. Fog lights are designed to be used at low speeds in fog, heavy mist and snow situations where visibility is significantly reduced. Front fog lights are generally aimed and mounted low to increase the illumination directed towards the road surface. In low visibility situations, fog lights should be used like bright lights - turned off when an oncoming vehicle approaches. In normal visibility conditions, fog or auxiliary lights should be turned off. Check out our winter travel web page for other driving tips.



Enjoy the Ride

This video is courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide and is called “Enjoy the Ride.” It’s a PSA that shows kids might just be watching us more than we think. Whether you are mowing the lawn, going for a walk, riding your bicycle, or using your cell phone in the car, your kids are watching. Remember to be a role model in all the little things you do to stay safe.


 Enjoy the Ride PSA





“3D Month” puts focus on safe, sober holiday traveling

Because our combined efforts continue to have a positive effect, Governor John Kitzhaber has once again proclaimed December as “3D Month” – or “Drinking and Drugged Driving Awareness Month.” The proclamation highlights the importance of educating everyone about how sober driving – and including bicycling and walking – can save lives.

Awareness plays a role in doing just that – preventing tragic crashes and deaths from using the transportation system. Even one alcoholic drink can impair many people, and over-the-counter and prescriptions drugs can, too.

Throughout December, extra law enforcement will be working around the clock to encourage safe driving practices. ODOT’s partners in the effort include Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, and other safety advocates.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will run through Dec. 31 and reminds drivers that you don’t have to be legally drunk, or even drinking alcohol, to be impaired. To make a real impact on safety this holiday season, ODOT’s Dan Estes encourages personal responsibility.

“When a person makes the right choice in the very beginning, before they ever get behind the wheel, that’s the most effective way to prevent impaired driving, before it ever starts,” he said.

If you are planning to host or attend a holiday get-together this season, here are a few safety tips:

  • Have designated drivers. Plan to have sober drivers at your party who can help get folks home safely. Volunteer to be a sober driver at someone else’s party.
  • Plan to stay overnight.  Make pre-arrangements to stay overnight at your friend’s home or in a hotel room where you won’t have to drive if you have been drinking.
  • Monitor car keys. Collect your guests’ car keys at the beginning of your event. Then, talk with your guests before they leave about the best transportation options for them.
  • Be ready with a cab fare fund. Having available cash to pay cab fare for your guests if they need it reduces the stress on you. If you can’t afford to pay for it yourself, ask your guests to pitch in a few bucks on your invitation. And keep phone numbers handy.
  • Purchase plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Always have soft drinks, juices and other non-alcoholic beverages available for those guests who choose not to drink.

For tips on helping young people avoid dangerous situations involving drugs, drinking and driving, or to learn about other programs aimed at reducing impaired driving, visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired. Everyone, every day is encouraged to report impaired drivers to 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).





Animated safety videos address traffic problems

Eugene Police Department has produced a series of four PSAs to address some of the serious traffic problems in the community. Some of the top traffic violations are failure to obey a traffic control device, using a cell phone while driving, or driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII). These safety issues are not unique to Eugene and are helpful for all Oregonians. Here is the first of four safety videos to help educate drivers. 


 PSA #1: Defensive Driving



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