In 2020, 31 people died in Deschutes County traffic crashes, despite a significant drop-off in traffic volumes. That was the most fatalities in more than 10 years. Especially at risk are young drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Statistics show the risk of fatalities could be reduced by more than two-thirds if drivers do these four things:

  1. Slow down
  2. Drive sober
  3. Buckle up
  4. Pay attention

A coalition of agencies and organizations has launched a survey at to capture community input. Community members are being asked what actions they are willing to take to turn things around and help save lives.

The survey will close Sept. 30, when results are announced at the first ever Central Oregon Safe Travel Summit. This virtual event will bring together community leaders from around Central Oregon to confront head-on the region’s emerging transportation safety threat.

Please join us for the first-ever Central Oregon Safe Travel Summit. This virtual Summit will address one of Central Oregon’s most pressing problems – transportation safety.

Central Oregon Traffic Safety Summit

  • Date:  September 30, 2021
  • Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Where:  Zoom online meeting

Register in advance:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  We hope to make the Summit an important milestone in our communitywide effort to save lives. Thank you for your participation.

For more information about transportation safety action plans for Oregon, Deschutes County and Bend visit the webpage. Meanwhile, don’t forget to take the Central Oregon Safe Travel Survey.