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Teaching through tickets: driver education in traffic court Steven A. Todd Multnomah County Circuit Court

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2 Teaching through tickets: driver education in traffic court Steven A. Todd Multnomah County Circuit Court

3 Teaching through tickets: driver education in traffic court Steven A. Todd Multnomah County Circuit Court

4 The last time I was in Montana More sheep than people Gas less than 60 cents per gallon No speed limit Speed limit was based on opposite of IQ

5 The last time I was in Montana

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10 No shoulder belts No air bags Lousy heater No tape (or CD or MP3) No pushbutton radio

11 The last time I was in Montana

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14 Sept 11, ,000 people died….

15 Sept 11, 2001

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17 Traffic safety conference in Bend, Oregon

18 Sept 11, 2001 Roadside crash on Mt. Hood

19 Roadside crash on Mt. Hood

20 Sept 11, 2001 NHTSA figures on deaths and injuries

21 Sept 11, ,000 died in terrorist attacks 3,629 died in vehicle crashes In September, 2001

22 Sept 11, ,629 died in vehicle crashes = Equivalent of TEN 747 planes full of passengers

23 Back to work Traffic court No one cares ! WHY ?

24 Traffic deaths Traffic deaths occur individual incidents Public unaware of facts Drivers dont see connection to behavior Behavior not seen as criminal

25 Traffic education in court Encouraged officers to talk to defendants Explain traffic laws in court Explain reasons for laws

26 Traffic education in court Volume of cases Most dont attend court in person Drivers too defensive to listen

27 Cant I go to traffic school ? Seatbelt classes DUII victims panels GDL class

28 Cant I go to traffic school ? Teach young drivers about GDL law Teach and involve parents Reach drivers BEFORE the first crash or accident

29 Why is traffic law important Police should go after the real criminals Police and judges too busy: Its just traffic court

30 How do you catch the real criminals ? Traffic stops – Police and judges need to know traffic law even if thats not their specialty Community policing relies on traffic stops

31 Its just traffic court: OSP TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO SEIZURE OF NEARLY 4 LBS OF CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE, ARREST OF ONE PERSON - INTERSTATE 5 NORTH OF MEDFORD (PHOTO)

32 Its just traffic court: News Release from Oregon State Police Posted on FlashAlert: March 10th, :32 PM Downloadable file: Hernandez.jpgHernandez.jpg A 36-year old man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) early Sunday morning during a traffic stop along Interstate 5 north of Medford when a trooper discovered approximately 3.8 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the man's vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

33 Its just traffic court: On March 9, 2014 at approximately 1:23 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2014 Acura passenger car displaying California license plates for a speed violation. The trooper contacted the driver identified as ERICK SALVADOR HERNANDEZ-RUIZ, age 36, from Modesto, California.

34 Its just traffic court: Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led the trooper to locate and seize approximately 3.8 pounds of crystal methamphetamine concealed inside the car. Estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is $55,000. HERNANDEZ-RUIZ was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine. Jackson County Jail website also indicates an ICE hold is placed on him. Photograph - Jackson County Sheriff's Office ### ###www.oregon.gov/OSP

35 Even criminals need drivers ed Start a driving school for bad guys…..

36 A high school chemistry teacher with medical bills and a former student with the "need for speed" turn to teaching Drivers Ed and other risky activities to raise money…

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39 Adult driver education Drivers ed continuing, lifetime process Require retesting (written and driving) Drivers manual revisions – –Highlight new laws –Online posting of manuals Brochures on new laws included with driver license and vehicle registration

40 Adult driver education Educational brochures in DMV offices Educational brochures in insurance offices Educational brochures in police stations Educational brochures in courthouses DMV manuals in courthouses

41 Motorcycle Safety Polish your own driving skills by learning another vehicle – Motorcycle Boat Bicycle

42 Motorcycle Safety

43 TEAM OREGON MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

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46 TODDs RULES of Motorcycle Safety Dont sneeze with visor down

47 TODDs RULES of Motorcycle Safety Keep visor down the other 99% of the time (Avoid gnats in the teeth and bees in the bonnet)

48 TODDs RULES of Motorcycle Safety Braking is rarely an option…

49 Learn more about driving any vehicle Peripheral vision Shoulder checks Signaling Passing and lane width Awareness of other vehicles Awareness of bikes and pedestrians


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