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Clackamas County awarded Safe System Innovation Grant from Road to Zero Coalition


Prestigious annual grants given to organizations focused on eliminating roadway deaths by 2050

Clackamas County is proud to be a recipient of a Safe System Innovation Grant from the national Road to Zero Coalition. The grant funds -- $131,600 -- will help the county meet its goal of ending traffic fatalities by 2035 through its Drive to Zero campaign.

The funds will support low-cost proven safety countermeasures and micro-targeted messages to those most vulnerable to serious and fatal crashes, especially in rural Clackamas County.

County Board Chair Jim Bernard says, “As an elected trustee for Clackamas County, I cannot sit by and hope that traffic crashes will stop on their own. It is time for us to take action and put all the resources of the county behind this public health issue. This grant from the National Safety Council will make a difference in our community.”

Troy Costales, Administrator, Oregon Department of Transportation, Transportation and Employee Safety Division says, “ODOT is excited to partner with Clackamas County to reach our joint goal of zero serious injuries and fatalities on roads by the year 2035. We commend the National Safety Council and the Toward Zero Coalition for recognizing the importance of applying a safe systems approach in rural communities.”

To qualify for a Safe System Innovation Grant, the county explained how its program will improve roadway safety, set a timeframe for the reduction in serious injuries and fatalities, outlined how the program will be evaluated, and detailed how the county intends to reach its target audience.

This project will showcase the effectiveness of a holistic Safe Systems approach to traffic safety in reducing fatal and serious injury in a rural community. A Safe Systems approach combines proven, low-cost, engineering road safety countermeasures with a focus on behavioral change education for drivers followed by targeted enforcement with regional law enforcement.

The county will work with public health and schools to tackle issues of alcohol and drug use, expand opportunities with rural transit to transport teens and older adults, and work with the Oregon Department of Transportation to create affordable drivers education and child protection options for those with limited means.

The Road to Zero initiative was launched in October 2016 as a joint effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Safety Council to eliminate roadway deaths by 2050. The U.S. Department of Transportation committed $1 million annually from 2017 to 2019 and an additional $500,000 in 2018 to fund Safe System Innovation Grants, which are managed by the National Safety Council.

For more information about the National Road to Zero, please visit

For more information about Clackamas County Drive to Zero, please visit

Contact: Rob Sadowsky, Transportation and Development
Phone: 503-679-7375

Contact: Ellen Rogalin, Public & Government Affairs
Phone: 503-742-4274