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Clackamas County ranks 4th out of the 36 counties in Oregon for the number of reported vehicle crashes. In Clackamas County in 2005 there were nearly 4,000 reported crashes, 40 fatalities and over 1,800 injuries. The Public clearly believes that safety is paramount to livability in the County.

In 2005, Clackamas County proposed an ambitious approach to address safety throughout the County through the development of a Clackamas County Safe Communities Program.

The program is a combined effort between the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Transportation & Development and sponsored by a generous grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Coalition Members of the Safe Communities Program include professionals from American Medical Response (AMR), Clackamas County 9-1-1 (C-CCOM), Clackamas County Traffic Safety Commission, Oregon Department of Transportation, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Evergreen Safety Council, Sandy/Boring Fire Prevention, Oregon Impact and the Department of Transportation and Development. They recognize that the highest duty of safety and transportation professionals is to protect and safe the lives of everyone in the community.

Reducing Injuries and Fatalities in Clackamas County is the mission statement for the Safe Communities Program emphasizing transportation-related crashes as a leading injury prevention issue. The program's approach to crash reduction includes using the "5E's" (Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Emergency Medical Response and Evaluation).

This Safe Communities website was one of the initial projects for the program. The site serves the citizens of Clackamas County as a central location to find local safety events. It also assists safety professionals as a planning and coordination tool.

The Safe Communities team is working hard for the reduction of crashes through Education, Enforcement, Engineering and Emergency medical service solutions. We will Evaluate our outcomes as we build and improve the program. Projects will include such efforts as selected enforcement, safety education and safety projects, just to name a few.

While we are working hard to reduce injuries and fatalities, we also need your help to achieve this goal. Please drive safe and always be on the lookout for others including vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and our feathered and furry friends. We all share the roadway system.

If you have any comments or would like to contact a safety advocate not listed, contact the Safe Communities Program Coordinator at safecommunities@co.clackamas.or.us

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