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Working together to improve safety on Oregon roads
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It takes an all-out effort to reach zero fatalities

Staff members talk about what safety advocates are doing - and what drivers can do - to save lives

Crash on the interstate
As 2016 fades into memory, one thing many ODOT employees won't soon forget is the high number of highway fatalities the state experienced. It's tragic to think of the lives lost, the saddened families, the missing smiles. And even if an employee didn't know the person who died, it's still personal – because ODOT employees hear over and over how creating a safe transportation system is the agency's number one value, number one mission. So when the numbers are anything but zero, it hits close to home, sometimes literally.

Fatalities on our roadways are up, as are roadway fatalities across the nation. We had low fatality rates in 2010-2012 – and the fourth lowest number of fatalities on record in 2013 – then we saw a spike in 2014 that continued in 2015 and 2016. We know one death on our roadways is one too many, and the newly updated Transportation Safety Action Plan​ has a vision of no fatalities or serious injury crashes by 2035.
What safety advocates are doing


The 4 Es of safety: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Emergency Medical Services

Several employees offered to talk about how the work they do aims to reduce these tragedies. We invite you to listen to their stories​ and to join them in preventing crashes. 
Together, we can make a difference.

Dan Estes, Impaired Driving Program manager 

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Learn about impaired driving and what you can do.

Alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs - even over the counter drugs: all can impair your judgment in ways you'd never guess. Don't take a chance: drive sober.

Anne Holder, Wo​rkzone Safety Program manager




Get the details on work zone safety in Oregon.


Did you know drivers and their passengers are more likely to die in work zone crashes than workers? And it occurs most often at the start of a work zone. Inattention is a critical factor: pay special attention in work zones - your life may depend on it.

Eric Leaming, Traffic Devices Engineer

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Find out what's happening with curve advisory speed signs around the state.

Engineers use a variety of tools to make roads safer, like using technology to accurately measure corners and determine safe speeds, installing rumble strips in appropriate locations, and more.


Governor's Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety

Governor's Advisory Committee on DUII

Oregon Transportation Safety Committee

All Roads Transportation Safety program, Oregon's jurisdictionally blind investment program for state hotspots

Video: 9 deaths in 9 days​ (Jan. 2017)

Photos: Curve advisory speed signs​

Photos: Work zone safety event, 2015

Photos: Incident responders in action​

2017 Safety Division Projects (PDF)

Oregon's efforts to reduce Distracted Driving​





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