Making an Impact
March 2020 - Volume 7 - Issue 6
·        “Distracted Driving” is a dangerous behavior for drivers, passengers, and non-occupants alike. Distraction is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity instead (per NHTSA).

·        From 2014-2018 There were 13,603 fatal and injury crashes resulting in 137 fatalities and 20,992 injuries caused by crashes involving a distracted driver in Oregon ( all ages ).

·        2014-2018 There were 1,193 fatal and injury crashes involving a driver ( all ages ) reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash: 18 fatalities and 1,752 people injured.

·        2014-2018 There were 124 fatal and injury crashes involving a driver age 16-18 reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash: 0 fatalities and 182 people injured.

·        2014-2018 There were 65,138 convictions for this offense.

Convictions for using a mobile electronic device 2013-2017
2014 -  17,723
2015 -  15,264
2016 -  10,317
2017 -    8,748
2018 -   13,086
Total –  65,138

·      2014-2018 There were 39 crashes involving, but not limited to a Pedestrian , using a cell phone : 3 fatalities and 36 injuries.

·      2014-2018 There were 13 crashes involving, but not limited to a Pedal-cyclist , using a cell phone : 0 fatalities and 13 people injured.
What is distracted driving?
Distraction occurs when a driver voluntarily diverts attention to something not related to driving that uses the driver's eyes, ears, or hands. There are four types of driver distraction:
• Visual -- looking at something other than the road
• Auditory -- hearing something not related to driving
• Manual -- manipulating something other than the wheel
• Cognitive -- thinking about something other than driving
Most distractions involve more than one of these types, with both a sensory -- eyes, ears, or touch -- and a mental component.
Alexxyss' Story

Alexxyss Therwhanger, age 19, was killed in a car crash on February 19, 2016 while she was driving home in eastern Oregon. Alexxyss was using her cell phone and lost control of her car, colliding with an oncoming vehicle and severely injuring two other people. Alexxyss would have just turned 20 on May 28, 2016. 
To make drivers aware of the serious consequences of distracted driving, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police have produced a distracted driving TV PSA. The PSA features Alexxyss' mother in an effort to persuade drivers to pay attention and to drive without distractions, especially cell phones.
Alexxyss’ crashed car was enclosed in a trailer  to spread awareness about distracted driving and encourage others to drive without distractions. The distracted driving trailer is available statewide, for more information contact 541-963-1387.  

Information from NHTSA

Teens' inexperience behind the wheel makes them more susceptible to  distraction behind the wheel . One in three teens who text say they have done so while driving. Is your teen one of them? Research has found that dialing a phone number while driving increases your teen's risk of crashing by six times, and texting while driving increases the risk by 23 times. Talking or texting on the phone takes your teen's focus off the task of driving, and significantly reduces their ability to react to a roadway hazard, incident, or inclement weather.

Distracted driving can take on many forms beyond texting and talking on the cell phone. Many teens may try to use their driving time to eat their morning breakfast or drink coffee, to apply makeup, or to change the radio station. Many teens are distracted by the addition of passengers in the vehicle. Any distraction is a dangerous distraction. Taking eyes off the road even for five seconds could cost a life.

What Can You Do?

  • Talk to your teen about the rules and responsibilities involved in driving. Share some stories and statistics related to teen drivers and distracted driving. Remind your teen often that driving is a skill that requires the driver's full attention. Texts and phone calls can wait until arriving at his or her destination.

  • Familiarize yourself with your State's graduated driver licensing law, and enforce its guidelines for your teen. Check to see what your State's laws are on distracted driving; many States have novice driver provisions in their distracted driving laws. Create your own rules if necessary. Restricting the number of passengers your teen can have, or the hours your teen can drive, is a very effective way to minimize distraction for your teen driver. Talk about the consequences of distracted driving and make yourself and your teen aware of your State's penalties for talking or texting on a phone while driving.

  • Set consequences for distracted driving. If your teen breaks a distraction rule you've set, consider suspending your teen’s driving privileges, further limiting the hours during which they can drive, or limiting the places where they can drive. Parents could also consider limiting a teen’s access to their cell phone—a punishment that in today’s world could be seen by teens as a serious consequence.

  • Set the example by keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while driving. Be consistent between the message you tell your teen and your own driving behaviors. Novice teen drivers most often learn from watching their parents.

Bottom Line:

Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel. All the time.

Information from Oregon Department of Transportation

Position Title: Driver Education Program ManagerJob

Description: Program Analyst 2 – Driver Education Program Manager      
Oregon Department of Transportation
Safety Division
Salem, OR

This recruitment requires a completed application and cover letter. If you do not attach your documents, we will not review your application.

The role:  

As a driver education program manager, you will be responsible for managing the state’s driver education program, which includes, public information media campaigns, compliance with Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR), development of new standards, facilitator of the novice driver training curriculum, and instructor training.  

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

If you are a current State of Oregon employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile.

Please carefully read the 'How to Apply' section below, for required attachments and specific instructions on applying.

A day in the life:

  • Support the efforts of the team compliance officer and coordinate administrative staff in support of the program.
  • Review program related legislation, state/federal rules and regulations to develop and maintain an expert knowledge base.
  • Coordinate and staff Driver Education Advisory Committee meetings (DEAC).
  • Solicit for and monitor driver education grant projects statewide, and ensure progress towards completion.
  • Meet regularly with key staff from the Governor's Office, the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC), ODOT, other state agencies, local jurisdictions, federal agencies and the private sector to set policy and implement the state's novice driver education agenda.
  • Assist management and other program managers to develop goals, objectives and work plans for the unit, and specifically for the annual Highway Safety Plan.
  • Make recommendations to the administrator and Highway Safety Section manager regarding future grant projects and program objectives.
  • Speak on behalf of ODOT on novice driver education program, decisions, issues or training needs.
  • Draft press releases, newspaper and magazine articles, and public service announcements (PSA); prepare video or other scripting for purposes of promoting program intent.
  • Some travel throughout the state which can include overnight trips.

What’s in it for you:

  • Rewarding work in a fast-paced, creative environment.
  • Colleagues who are passionate about public service.
  • Work/life balance and 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules and competitive benefits packages. Click here to visit our full benefits website.
  • Multi-modal ride sharing! Get There is Oregon’s easy-to-use carpool matching tool and trip planner that will get you where you need to go.
  • Live, work and play in Salem, Oregon!

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What we need:

  • A bachelor's degree in business or public administration, behavioral or social sciences, or a degree related to the agency program that demonstrates the capacity for the knowledge and skills AND
  • Two (2) years’ experience coordinating or administering a program.
  • OR
  • Any combination of experience or education equivalent to five (5) years of progressively-responsible experience related to educational program coordination or administration that typically supports the knowledge and skill requirements listed for the classification.

What we’d like to see (desired attributes):
If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!  

  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical expertise, data analysis, and coordinator of classroom, print, social media and other education and outreach programs.
  • Experience working with state or federal driver education program standards.
  • Experience in coordinating with program partners and community organization agencies in disseminating information.
  • Experience in development and maintenance of contracts.

Need help?

2020 DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Conference
April 23 & 24, 2020 at the
Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, OR
Lodging arrangements can be made by contacting the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Hotel at 541.639.3481. Mention the DUII Conference to get special room pricing (price guaranteed through March 24, 2020).
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