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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Actions: Dangerous Behaviors

These actions are intended to deter behaviors that contribute to deadly and serious injury crashes such as failure to yield, and reckless, careless, and aggressive driving.

ITEM ACTION LEADS PERFORMANCE MEASURES (annual)
2-year actions: DANGEROUS BEHAVIORS (D)
D.1 Focus traffic enforcement on the High Crash Network and on behaviors contributing to fatal and serious injury crashes (including speed, impairment, and dangerous behaviors); de-emphasize less serious infractions PPB, PBOT Percentage of citations focusing on identified dangerous behaviors, within Portland at large and in the High Crash Network
D.2 Use data-driven process to reorganize and expand red light safety camera program PBOT, PPB Number of new red light safety cameras on Portland streets compared to baseline

Annual average number of deadly and serious crashes at red light camera intersections after installation, compared to 5-year annual averages prior to installation
D.3 Include Vision Zero content in driver trainings for public agencies and contractors, and for private companies PBOT, other City bureaus Number of public and private agencies incorporating Vision Zero content in employee driver trainings
D.4 Increase access and expand referrals to traffic schools and other forms of traffic safety education for all road users Multnomah County Court, PPB, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, PBOT Percentage of moving violations that offer driver diversion
5-year actions: DANGEROUS BEHAVIORS (D)
D.5 Revise current Oregon distracted driving law to remove loopholes and be consistent with federal guidance PBOT, ODOT Oregon law revised to remove loopholes and be consistent with federal guidance
D.6 Support legislation to increase funding for and access to driver education, frequency of testing, and inclusion of urban transportation safety in test materials PBOT, DMV, ODOT, schools, AAA, Metro, community partners Increasing access to driver education and/or frequency of driver testing was placed on the City's legislative agenda

Legislation passed to increase access to driver education

Legislation passed to increase the frequency of driver testing

Number of students who completed driver education through the increased funding and access
D.7 Develop and implement safety measures on heavy trucks owned or contracted by the City, including but not limited to truck sideguards, sensors, additional mirrors, educational messaging and enhanced driver safety training.

Phase I: Education outreach for all and City fleet upgrades;
Phase II: City contractors and service providers install truck upgrades
PBOT, other City bureaus Percentage of city fleet trucks with safety measures implemented

Percentage of contractor and service provider fleet trucks with safety measures implemented

Number of injuries, serious injuries or deaths, by mode, that involve heavy trucks

Education and Outreach Activities

Campaign elements:

  • Communications and outreach that features photo stories of traffic crash victims
  • Communications and outreach that features messages from emergency responders at crash scenes
  • Vision Zero messaging integration with other City of Portland programs and projects
  • "Truck’s Eye View" safety demonstrations highlighting visibility limitations and blind spots from the truck driver’s perspective
Download the PDF version of "How to achieve Vision Zero"
Abbreviations key
DMV Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles
ODOT Oregon Department of Transportation
OHA Oregon Health Authority
PBOT Portland Bureau of Transportation
PF&R Portland Fire & Rescue
PPB Portland Police Bureau


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