Lane County recorded highest number of traffic fatalities in state for 2016

FILE - A 20-year-old Eugene man died and an unidentified juvenile suffered critical injuries on January 29, 2017 when the car they were in crashed, ejecting them from the vehicle before it caught fire, Oregon State Police said. (OSP photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County is leading the state with the highest number of traffic fatalities.

In 2016, 57 people died and more than 3,000 were injured in Lane County, according to the Oregon department of Transportation.

Now, a group of city and county officials are joining forces to reduce those numbers. The group is called the Safe Lane Transportation Coalition and they’re working on the county’s first Transportation Safety Action Plan.

“It's a big deal. We want to address this issue head on. It's a clearly a public health issue and something that we want to make sure that our region is being cognitive of and working directly on,” said Steve Dobrinich, transportation safety coordinator for Lane Council of Governments.

Thursday is the official launch of the coalition.

Local elected officials will share their ideas on tackling traffic safety issues Thursday afternoon.

The Lane County commissioner, Eugene mayor, Springfield mayor, and Lane Transit District will participate at the event in downtown Eugene.

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