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Improve The Quality Of Life In Your Community!

Why start a Traffic Safety Commission?
Traffic Safety Commissions improve the quality of life in your community!

A Traffic Safety Commission/ Committee or group works to prevent and reduce the loss of life, human suffering and economic costs resulting from traffic crashes. They also:

  • Give local enforcement and engineering officials an avenue for public support and acceptance of new programs.
  • Help keep staff and citizens in the know on traffic issues affecting communities.
  • Allow citizens to share their concerns regarding traffic in their neighborhoods and communities and participate in finding solutions.

We must all work together to reduce traffic crashes.

Here are some statistics that underline the tremendous costs, human and economic, that traffic crashes cause:

  1. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death and injury for all Oregonians up to age 35, and the number one preventable killer and crippler of children.
  2. Nationally, about 40,000 people die in traffic crashes each year and 5 million are injured. 107 people die each day from traffic crashes.
  3. Motor vehicle crashes are the number 1 cause of lost work time and on-the-job fatalities in the U.S.
  4. Teens 15-19 are twice as likely to be involved in fatal and injury crashes as the population as a whole.
  5. 75 percent of all crashes occur within 25 miles of home.
  6. 58 percent of fatal and injury crashes occur on roads with posted speed limits of 40 miles per hour or less.
  7. About two in every five Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.
  8. Motor vehicle crashes cost society more than $150.5 billion each year. We save $35,000 in health care costs alone for each serious injury we prevent.