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Winter Travel Tips

The weather in Oregon can change quickly and with winter now upon us, it is important to be prepared before you head out on the roads. The Oregon Department of Transportation has put together a useful Winter Travel Tips webpage that covers everything you need to know about road conditions, winter travel options, chains and traction devices and much more. If you are driving, riding or walking you will find the answers to pretty much all your winter travel questions in this one-stop resource. 

This Holiday Season Stay Sober or Get Pulled Over


As Americans hit the road this holiday season to celebrate with family and friends, it’s important that we all drive safely—and safe driving means sober driving. That’s why NHTSA is again kicking off their annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday campaign (December 13-31) to raise public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving. It is important to spread the message because over the past 5 years, an average of 300 people died in drunk-driving crashes during the Christmas through New Year’s holiday period.


Protect yourself and others this holiday season by always driving sober. For many, the holidays and holiday parties involve alcohol. Be honest with yourself about how you celebrate, and make a plan to get home without getting behind the wheel. Designate a driver, take public transportation, use a ridesharing service, or use NHTSA’s SaferRide app to call a taxi or a friend to pick you up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play and Apple devices in the iTunes store.


This is the season of giving, so give yourself and all your neighbors the gift of safer roads by driving sober over the holidays. Carry that safer driving habit into the New Year by making a resolution to always drive sober. If we all do that, we will celebrate the holidays safely and ring in a better and safer 2019.


2018 Transportation Safety Conference Presentations

distracted driving adDistracted driving is already exacting a high price – with fatalities and serious injuries occurring regularly in crashes where a driver is distracted – and now the cost for the driver may go even higher.

Offenses under the state’s distracted driving law began counting toward elevated sanctions on July 1. Here’s how the penalties can add up:

• First offense, not contributing to a crash: Class B violation, with a fine up to $1,000.

• Second offense, or first offense, if it contributed to a crash: Class A violation, with a fine up to $2,500.

• Third offense in ten years: Class B misdemeanor, with a fine up to $2,500 and potential for 6 months in jail.

Not being fully focused on the complex task of driving can have disastrous results. From 2012-2016 in Oregon, there were 10,814 crashes involving a distracted driver, resulting in 70 fatalities and 16,503 injuries.

This year, in unofficial numbers, Oregon has had 172 fatalities, up 17.8% from the same time last year. While we don’t yet know the factors that contributed to these crashes, anecdotal information indicates many of these involved vehicles traveling out of their lane – and that can be the result of drivers being distracted.

For more information about distracted driving, please read the full ODOT news release and visit the following webpages. 

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