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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.
  • Share the road with motorcycles
    Share the road
    With warmer weather coming, more motorcycles will be on the roads. Motorcycles offer many advantages over autos. They are more fuel efficient and require less lane and parking space. The motorcycle industry is now expecting the increased price of fuel to further increase sales. Motorcycles are small and may be difficult for other drivers to see, that's why it's important to be alert and share the road safely. Ride safely. The Way to Go.
Safety Spotlight

May is all about SAFETY!
While safety is on our minds 24/7, we set aside the month of May to celebrate it 'officially.'  It's Transportation Safety Month and that includes:
·       Being safe in work zones:  both as a driver and a worker
·       Riding motorcycles safely and “seeing” motorcycles when you’re in a vehicle out on the roads
·       Buckling up, every trip, every time - and keeping your child passengers in the right restraint system
Work zone crashes are avoidable tragedies
ODOT crash statistics show that the main cause of crashes in work zones are inattention, speeding and driving too fast for conditions.

How travelers can protect themselves and their loved ones - and construction workers, too
We urge travelers to take a couple of actions to protect themselves, their passengers and construction workers:
--  Slow down and expect delays as you approach a work zone:  It may be your life you save.
--  Inattention is the biggest cause of work zone crashes.  Don’t let it be you!
--  We’re doing more to protect workers and you:  Help us!  Please slow down and pay attention as you approach and pass through a work zone.

Watch for more discussion, media coverage, events and safety highlights throughout Transportation Safety Month!

Oregon Traffic Fatalities

Year to Date as of 04/27/2015
  • 2015: 126
2014:  90
Percentage Change from 2014 to 2015: 40.0%
 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.



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