Making an Impact
October 2020 - Volume 8 - Issue 1
ODOT is updating the Oregon Transportation Safety Action Plan (TSAP) and is requesting your input!
The TSAP unifies transportation safety planning in Oregon. It provides long-term goals, policies, and strategies, as well as near-term actions to eliminate transportation system deaths and life-changing injuries. Help ODOT update the TSAP to meet your transportation safety needs by participating in an online survey available now through November 20th.

ODOT conducted a robust statewide visioning and planning effort to develop the 2016 TSAP. The 2021 update will refresh that plan to address the emerging safety issues and meet federal requirements. ODOT will analyze what has changed in the past five years, evaluate overall progress toward reducing fatalities and serious injuries and identify new solutions to achieve the vision and goals of the 2016 TSAP.

Visit the TSAP project website for resources on the past and future of the TSAP and sign up for the project e-newsletter to stay informed.

Email questions and comments to: safety@odot.state.or.us.
 
October is National Distracted Driving Awareness month

For more information: Kelly Kapri, program manager, 503-507-1783

SALEM – In Oregon over the past five years, 137 people lost their lives in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than 20,992 were injured. Perhaps the saddest part of these statistics, besides there being real people behind them, is that these are preventable crashes.

“When you are behind the wheel, you have one job – to focus on driving safely,” said Kelly Kapri, Oregon’s Distracted Driving Program manager. “If you allow things to distract you, you could lose your life, the life of someone you love or cause another death or serious injury. It’s just not worth it.”
These kinds of tragedies are occurring all over the state so ODOT partners with law enforcement year round for focused enforcement for the law, but especially this October, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. During October, a national and statewide public education and enforcement campaign will run to remind everyone who uses the transportation system to focus on safety and not allow anything to distract you.

Safety advocates hope that drivers will realize that distractions, such as using a phone, can hurt in more ways than one. From 2014 – 2018, there were 18 people killed and 1,752 suffered serious injuries from crashes where a driver was distracted by using a cell phone. Is that text or call really worth it?

In Oregon, distracted driving costs include not only the potential loss of life or injury, but can hurt the pocketbook as well:

  • First offense, not contributing to a crash: Class B violation; Fine up to $1,000.
  • Second offense – or first offense if it contributed to a crash: Class A violation; Fine up to $2,000.
  • Third offense in ten years: Class B misdemeanor; Fine up to $2,500; Could be up to six months in jail.

See our 2020 Fact Sheet for more about distracted driving.

U.S. Department of Transportation Designates October as National Pedestrian Safety Month

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has designated October as the first-ever national Pedestrian Safety Month. The agency is making pedestrian safety the focus of October as part of its continuing efforts to improve safety for vulnerable road users.

“With this designation of October as Pedestrian Safety Month, the Department is affirming its commitment to working closely with our state and local partners to make our roads safer for pedestrians,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. 
“At some point in the day, we are all pedestrians – especially right now, when everyone wants to get outside for some fresh air,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “Everyone has a role to play in ensuring pedestrian safety. We must keep working to reduce pedestrian deaths from traffic crashes and this first-ever Pedestrian Safety Month will help save lives in communities across the country.”

“At FHWA, we partner with states and local communities to implement innovations in pedestrian safety by promoting proven safety countermeasures,” said Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason. “Collaboration will be key as we all work toward the shared goal of reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways. We must work together to make our roads safer for our most vulnerable road users – pedestrians.”

Each week of the month, NHTSA will highlight dangerous driving behaviors that put pedestrians at risk, as well as ways to improve pedestrian safety. NHTSA has developed resources to help states and local communities identify, address, and improve pedestrian safety, including a data visualization tool, safety tips, and social media graphics and messaging. Please click here for a pedestrian safety resources and safety tips.
NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration also held a live webinar today to discuss Pedestrian Safety Month, along with representatives from the Governors Highway Safety Association, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Michigan State Police, and America Walks. To visit the webinar’s virtual Pedestrian Safety Booth, please click here.

Earlier this summer, the Department brought together safety advocates and stakeholders for the USDOT Summit on Pedestrian Safety, a multi-event series focused on reducing pedestrian fatalities and improving pedestrian access.
NHTSA will soon be conducting its third National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors, which will help inform and guide future policy and countermeasure decisions. This survey studies how much people are walking and biking, and their understanding of and opinions on traffic laws, infrastructure, and safety.

Please visit the following links for the ODOT Tool Kits



Yes for Clackamas Kids!
The safety of Clackamas County's vulnerable children and youth is on the ballot this November.
The Clackamas Children’s Safety Levy (Measure 3-564) is a locally focused measure that will provide crucial funds to trusted community based organizations that serve children and youth impacted by violence and abuse. With your YES vote, Measure 3-564 will create a safer, more inclusive community for all Clackamas County residents. It's a small investment with a big return. In fact this measure would only cost the average homeowner $3.78 per month. 

Bottom line: Clackamas County's children are in dire need of your support. To ensure the safety of our community and its most vulnerable children and youth, vote YES on Measure 3-564 by November.

For more information and to find out how to get involved in the campaign, visit: yesforclackamaskids.org

We are always here to help with traffic safety education. We currently have these three images on yard signs available. If you know anyone that would like to have them on display in their community please let us know. We will be glad to ship them to you free of charge.
Car Seat Check Up Events

We know that car seat safety is very important, as it should be, for many new parents. We want you to know are here to help.
 
We are currently making appointments for car seat education sessions, along with other local partners. Please contact us for more information at 503-899-2220 or via email at OregonCarSeatSafety@gmail.com.