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Safety Spotlight Oregon Traffic Fatalities
Work is ramping up statewide to reduce distracted driving  
A distracted driving crash occurs in Oregon every 2.5 hours and someone receives a conviction for using a cell phone every half hour. But the number of people severely injured and killed in crashes with a distracted driver is probably much higher, because there may not be a witness and people rarely admit the distraction. The key to reducing these preventable tragedies is for every driver (and bicyclist and pedestrian) to take personal responsibility for their decisions and choose not to be distracted while using the transportation system.
ODOT and Oregon State Police are sharing Alexxyss’ story as part of their partnership to combat distracted driving in Oregon.
A statewide news release with detailed information about distracted driving went out on July 29, 2016.
“Each of us must recognize our individual responsibility to stop distracted driving, riding and walking,” said ODOT Director Garrett. “If we do that, we’ll save people’s lives and reduce the enormous emotional toll on our families and friends.” 

For more information visit the following links:

    Year to date as of August 24, 2016

    2016:  305
    2015:  285

    Percentage Change from 2015 to 2016: 7.0%
     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.
    Oregon Safety Manuals