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Region Transportation Safety Newsletter, August 2013
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National Stop on Red Week 
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) created the Stop Red-Light Running Program in 1995 to help educate the public on the dangers of red-light running. National Stop on Red Week takes place annually the first week in August in communities across the country to bring national visibility to this deadly traffic problem and step up enforcement efforts. For materials and information go to National Stop on Red Week.
 
 
Free Newport Safe Routes to School Training
 
The public is invited for a free bike and pedestrian safety "train-the-trainer" instruction training, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 23 at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 SE Avery Street in Newport, room #117. The training is available to anyone interested in learning more about teaching bike and pedestrian safety to youths. It will be taught by Lynne Mutrie of the Oregon Safe Routes to School program. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about bike and pedestrian safety outreach and meet others interested in the topic. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Campi at tcampi@ocwcog.org or (541)924-8480.
 
 Police are ticketing speeders

Avoid the Ticket and Save Lives

 

To help reduce the number of serious crashes, the police in Oregon are serious about slowing drivers down. They're out on the roads with new technology that helps pinpoint cars that are going too fast, and they're ticketing drivers. Speeding tickets are expensive - faster speeds mean bigger tickets. So slow down. You could save money and much more. Slow Down. The Way to Go.
 

 
Move Over or Slow Down Law

 

Police, fire, ambulance or emergency personnel, tow truck drivers and roadside assistance drivers put their lives on the line every day to deliver often life-saving care to travelers. Helping to ensure they make it home safely at the end of their shift is the goal. The Move Over law says if you are driving up to any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle you must move over to another lane. If you cannot safely change lanes, you must slow down. "Slow down" means reducing your vehicle speed by at least five miles per hour below the posted speed limit. More
 

 
Impaired Driving National Enforcement Crackdown

 

Drunk driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes. All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have established a threshold making it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. Yet, 10,228 people died in the U.S. in 2010 in traffic crashes in which at least one vehicle driver or motorcycle rider had a BAC of .08 or higher. Enforcement efforts can help reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads and save lives.

In an effort to get drunk drivers off the road, raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, and most importantly, to save more lives on our roadways, the national drunk driving enforcement crackdown "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" will be held from August 16 to September 2.

Killer car. Don't turn your car into a weapon. Driver sober or call a cab. 

 
Child Passenger Safety Week Materials Available 
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Often, deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Use this toolkit for information and ideas on how to generate awareness about child car safety in your community during Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21), National Seat Check Saturday (September 21), and throughout the year. Or look for a child safety seat clinic near you.
 
 
NHTSA Urges Drivers to Check Tires During Hot Weather

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is cautioning motorists about the dangerous combination of hot weather and under-inflated tires. More


 

Back to School Safety
 
Summer is winding down, and back-to-school is just around the corner. As parents and kids make their back-to-school purchases, now's the time to plan for dark winter days. Why not buy school supplies and clothes that sport retro reflective material, to make those fall days safer when the time comes? Reflectors of all kinds add little to the cost of clothes, but add big value for safety!
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