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  • Seatbelt Awareness Campaign
    May 23 2013

    Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced plans to once again participate in the National “Click it Or Ticket” campaign with the US Department of transportation.  The campaign will target all occupants of vehicles but will especially target pickup trucks as statistically these drivers and occupants are more likely to not use their seatbelts.  In the past year, of the 61 people who died in accidents on Oregon’s highways, 49 were occupants of pickup trucks and were completely unbelted at the time of their deaths.

    The campaign will also focus on children under four years of age.  In Oregon last year 1,038 children under four were injured in traffic accidents.  One third of these injuries were a direct result of being either improperly buckled or completely unrestrained.  There is a lot of operator error in the use of car seats for children.  It is very important to make sure the car seat is installed in the vehicle correctly.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children ride in rear-facing car seats until the age of tow or the upper weight limit of the seat in use.  Children under four should use safety seats until they reach forty pounds, and all children under the age of 13 should ride in the rear seat of the vehicle.

  • Make Walking Safe
    May 09 2013

    With more than 270,000 pedestrian deaths worldwide, The World Health Organization (WHO) kicks of the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week May 6-12, 2013, urging governments to improve the safety of pedestrians.  Under the banner “Make Walking Safer”, the week’s events will draw attention to the needs of pedestrians by promoting a focus on enforcement, engineering and education measures.

    “More than 5000 pedestrians are killed on the world’s roads each week. This is because their needs have been neglected for decades, often in favor of motorized transport,” says Dr Etienne Krug, WHO Director of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability. “We need to rethink the way we organize our transport systems to make walking safe and save pedestrian lives.”

    WHO promotes the following:
    • adopting and enforcing new and existing laws to reduce speeding, curb drinking and driving, decrease mobile phone use and other forms of distracted driving;
    • putting in place infrastructure which separates pedestrians from other traffic (sidewalks, raised crosswalks, overpasses, underpasses, refuge islands and raised medians), lowers vehicle speeds (speed bumps, rumble strips and chicanes) and improves roadway lighting;
    • creating pedestrian zones in city centres by restricting vehicular access;
    • improving mass transit route design;
    • developing and enforcing vehicle design standards for pedestrian protection, including soft vehicle fronts;
    • organizing and/or further enhancing trauma care systems to guarantee the prompt treatment of those with life-threatening injuries.

  • Reach the Beach Bicycle Ride May 18th
    May 06 2013

    The American Lung Association’s bicycle ride, Reach the Beach is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th.  The ride begins in four different start locations: Portland, Newberg, Amity or Grand Ronde and ends at Pacific City.  The route is along Highway 22 and Nestucca River Road.  The ride promoters are requesting that all motorists avoid these routes if possible as they are narrow rural roads and the ride is expected to attract 3000 bicyclists. 

    The Oregon Department of Transportation also suggests alternate routes to the beach for motorists.  Otherwise, be prepared for heavy traffic, congestion, and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. 

    In order to insure all bicyclists “Reach the Beach” safely we encourage them to follow a few practical safety tips.

    1.  Wear your helmet
    2. Obey all traffic laws
    3. Watch out for vehicles
    4. Watch out for debris on the roadway to avoid spills or flat tires
    5. Ride in the same direction as traffic
    6. Be alert: don’t use headphones or cell phones while riding

    If you are driving to Pacifc City May 18th, be aware of the bicyclists on the roadway.  Let’s all do our parts to make sure motorists and bicyclists all arrive safely and avoid collisions along the way.

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