'We can focus on transportation that makes us all safer'

Lane County officials met Thursday, June 22, 2017 to reveal plans to make the county's roadways safer. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – Lane County’s first coalition is working to cut down on fatalities and injuries on local roadways. Their efforts come after recent data revealed Lane County led the state in 2016 with the highest number of traffic fatalities.

The coalition shared its plans Thursday.

It's called the Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Safety Action Plan. The plan includes a list of short term and long term strategies.

It focuses on engineering, education, and enforcement of traffic safety. Lane County, the cities, and partners from ODOT are helping craft the plan.

"Understanding we do not want to lead the state in this. This is not something Lane County wants to be proud of at all," said the Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken.

Springfield Mayor, Christine Lundberg said, "I'm really looking at this as just one more lens and one more way we can focus on transportation that makes us all safer."

"I'm very excited that all of the jurisdictions are taking on this very very important health and safety endeavor,” said Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis.

Oregon Department of Transportation is funding the plans. Transportation Safety Division spokesperson for ODOT, Shelley Snow said, "The difference is going to be when people care when they get together when they put their passions together and say it's time for us to do something."

The plans could take anywhere from one to five years to implement.

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