Meyer leads new Safe Communities program

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Brandon Meyer, a familiar face in Jackson County’s safety education community, is launching the Rogue Valley Safe Communities program, the first coalition to comprise two counties in Oregon.

Meyer accepted the challenge in February. As the Rogue Valley Safe Communities Coordinator, he will oversee a collaboration of local communities and other safety partners. He works with the Medford Parks and Recreation department under a grant provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

His first objectives are to connect with potential coalition members and identify the areas with the greatest need.

‘In the first week, I put together a list of nearly 100 different groups, agencies and organizations in the Rogue Valley that are helping to make our community safer,’ said Meyer.

Coalition members will meet regularly to share injury data, and plan and carry out local injury prevention activities.

Meyer is one of three nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Instructors in southern Oregon. A member of the Safe Kids Rogue Valley program since 2002, he served as the chair in 2005-2006. Prior to taking on this new challenge, Meyer worked for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as a Program Specialist in their Traffic Safety division.

According to Meyer, the primary focus for the Rogue Valley Safe Communities program will be on transportation safety because of the relatively high fatality rates and crash rates in Jackson and Josephine counties.

‘These crashes and fatalities involve driver impairment and speed,’ Meyer said. ‘There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. This area has higher motorcycle crash rates and lower booster seat usage rates. And we need to turn those numbers around.’

Rosalee Senger, regional traffic safety coordinator for ODOT, believes the Safe Communities program is a proven model that works in many different settings.

‘Safety is a community affair,’ Senger said. ‘The program relies on a big-picture approach to injury prevention that utilizes citizen input and participation as well as data collection and analysis.’

If you are interested in participating in the Rogue Valley Safe Communities program, you can contact Brandon Meyer at (541) 531-9712 or via email at brandon.meyer@cityofmedford.org.For more information about Oregon’s Safe Communities programs, go online to http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/safecommunities.shtml.

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Brandon Meyer, Rogue Valley Safe Communities Coordinator

  • Chair of Safe Kids Rogue Valley, 2005-2006
  • Member of Safe Kids Rogue Valley, 2002-present
  • Program Specialist, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Division, 2002-2005
  • Volunteer Explorer, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, 1997-2002
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Southern Oregon University, 2007
  • Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor
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