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  • Click It or Ticket It Campaign
    May 15 2015

    Oregon Police Departments will be out in force nightly May 18-31 launching the seatbelt awareness campaign.  Studies have shown that most Oregonians comply with the seat belt law during daylight hours but are more inclined to not buckle up when darkness falls.  The police will be enforcing the seatbelt law and actively looking for drivers and passengers not complying with the law.


    We all are aware that the use of seat restraints saves lives.  Studies have proved that fact over and over, yet some drivers and passengers still ignore the statistics.  According to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) fatalities and serious injuries increase when vehicle occupants are not wearing seat belts.

    “Proper use of a safety belt or a child restraint system holds a person safely in place and inside the car and can prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or a crash,” said Carla Levinski, ODOT’s Occupant Protection Program manager. “Without a safety belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other or completely out of the vehicle – and that greatly increases chances of serious injury.”


    Oregon law requires the following:
    Child passengers weighing less than forty pounds must be restrained in a child seat.
    Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat.
    A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for her size until she reaches age eight or 4/9” tall AND the adult belt system fits her properly.

     

     

  • Transportation Safety Awareness
    May 08 2015

    Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared May as “Transportation Safety Awareness” month .  Traditionally, the summer months are when the majority of Oregon roads get repaired and there is an increase in work zones for all drivers to navigate.  Unfortunately, there is also an increase the amount of accidents involving drivers and work zones.


    Whenever I hear about a work zone accident I automatically think it involves a worker being struck by a vehicle.  I was surprised to learn that it is usually the driver or passenger in the vehicle who is injured and not the construction worker or flagger.


    Most work zone injuries are avoidable.  Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) crash statistics show that the main causes of crashes in work zones are inattention, speeding and driving too fast for conditions.  In fact, almost half of all contractors report crashes in their work zones, with four out of five work zone fatalities are drivers or passengers of vehicles.  An average of nine fatalities occur in work zones throughout Oregon each year. 


    ODOT urges 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! Respect the zone: Please slow down and pay attention as you approach and pass through a work zone.

  • Motorcyclists and Drivers: Be Careful Out There
    May 01 2015

    As Oregonians, we are all delighted with the warm weather we are being treated to in the last several weeks and I think we are all trying to take advantage of the sunshine.  The warm weather and the increase in motorcycle and car traffic go hand in hand this time of year.  Unfortunately, there is also a direct correlation in the increase of traffic and the increase in traffic accidents


    With that in mind, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared May 2015 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  In 2014 in Oregon there were 45 fatalities as a result of motorcycle accidents which was an increase over 2013.


    “It doesn’t matter if you’re on four wheels or two; we all have to do our part to share the road safely,” said Michele O’Leary, ODOT’s Motorcycle Safety Program manager. “One simple thing motorcyclists can do to improve their safety is wear high visibility gear so they can be seen by other road users.”


    Drivers
    • Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
    • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
    • Because of a motorcycle’s small size it may be difficult to predict how fast they are going. Allow extra time before turning or pulling in front of a motorcyclist.
    • Look once, look twice and then look again. They may be closer than you think.

    Motorcyclists
    • Always wear a helmet and highly visible, protective clothing.
    • Allow time and space to react to other motorists or changing road conditions.
    • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
    • Don’t speed.
    • Motorcycle rider training and education save lives. TEAM OREGON offers classes for beginner to advanced riders.


    For more about ODOT’s Motorcycle Safety Program, visit www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/motorcyclesafety.aspx

     

     

     

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