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Motor Vehicle Safety
Crashes
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of TVF&R emergency responses. Common risks include:
  • Speeding - Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for road conditions is a factor in most fatal crashes. Speeding also reduces a driver's ability to respond to unexpected hazards.   
  • Following too closely - Drivers who follow too close to the vehicle in front are also at risk of a crash. Maintain a safe following distance.
Seat Belts & Child Safety Seats
  • Seat belts provide the greatest protection against ejection.
    • 75% of individuals who are ejected from a car are killed
  • Protect your children by installing child safety seats and using them properly. Oregon law requires children be properly restrained while riding in a vehicle.
  • For car seat inspection dates and times, view the following:
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Reduce Distractions
  • Stop Kids Impaired Driving (S.K.I.D.)
  • Driving while intoxicated is one of the most frequently committed crimes in the United States.  Intoxicated drivers kill thousands of people each year. Do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking.  Call a taxi or friend.

Inclement Weather
  • Drivers should take additional precautions during bad weather. Rain, ice, or snow can impact stopping distance and reduce visibility.
  • Maintain good visibility by removing ice and snow from all windows before driving.
  • Turn on your headlights so motorists can see you.

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Keep your battery charged.
  • Check the tread on your tires and replace if necessary.
  • Carry traction devices if traveling in inclement weather.
  • Keep no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir.
  • Check antifreeze levels.

Carry Emergency Supplies

  • Warning devices (flares)
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Blankets (or floor mats and newspapers)

Highway Safety
Find more information about highway safety on the National Highway Safety Administration site.