WHY U-TURN180?

We're dedicated to reducing traffic crashes, injury and death on Oregon roadways

Welcome to U-TURN180, a locally owned and operated company that is dedicated to reducing traffic crashes, injury and death on Oregon’s roadways, primarily through education of Oregon drivers. We've developed lasting partnerships with Oregon courts, Oregon police agencies, insurance companies and many other highway safety organizations to better effect change in Oregon drivers..

We have assembled a TEAM of dedicated, experienced highway safety practitioners that represent highway safety, traffic law enforcement and statewide police education and the Oregon court system.

Our team, with over 100 combined years of law enforcement and highway safety experience, has worked tirelessly throughout our careers trying to save lives on OREGON roadways.  Many of our team members have received prestigious local, state and national awards for their life-saving efforts.

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Our Families Drive on the Same Roads

U-TURN180 really is “Where Change Begins”.  We are fully invested in ensuring you receive a quality traffic safety education. Our families drive the same roads as yours. We are part of your community. We live here, we work here, we shop here and invest in local small businesses, providing jobs and help to keep our communities safe and strong!

We Know Oregon Traffic Law

When was the last time you read the Oregon Driver Manual?

Did you know that laws can change every year and the manual is reprinted with new laws and updates to existing laws that YOU are required to know and follow?

Every one of our classes includes Oregon Traffic Law Updates.

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customer testimonials

Customer Testimonials

Very informative; glad I came.

Bette Brumback

This class was educational and helpful in learning road safety and laws.

Hailey Lofdahl

Instructor Peterson was great and very informative.

This course showed what effects my driving and how driving is impacted by my choices.

Good instructor who showed his experience and good use of video to keep focus.

I am really careful, but I still found the class interesting and learned a few things.

Great real life examples [made it] easy to comprehend. Nice pace and personable. [The instructor made] great eye contact.

He was a really good instructor.  He was very engaging and made the class interesting.  I definitely learned a lot.

Company Leadership

Danah Vitolo
CEO

Danah Vitolo

Danah Vitolo's background is court operations and administration with 12 years experience in Oregon courts, serving as Court Administrator in an Oregon Municipal Court for ten of those years. Mrs. Vitolo has extensive knowledge of the procedures and processes of the Oregon court system. She also served as a board member of the Oregon Association of Court Administrators.

Steve Vitolo
FOUNDER/CTO

Steve Vitolo

Steve Vitolo was the Law Enforcement and Judicial Programs Manager for the Oregon Governor's Office of Highway Safety for nearly 20 years. He was the architect of several Oregon technological innovations that help reduce fatal and injury traffic crashes on Oregon roads, receiving a prestigious National award from GHSA for his multi-year efforts. Additionally, Steve spent 10 years and thousands of hours serving his community as Deputy Sheriff (Solo Res.), retiring at the rank of Lieutenant.

Larry Christianson
CFO/STRATEGIST

Larry Christianson

Larry Christianson serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Strategist for U-Turn180.  As a lifelong traffic safety educator and advocate, Larry has achieved incredible, life-saving success through development of innovative programs in Oregon and abroad. He is a 21-year veteran of traffic safety program development as Roadway Safety Program manager for Oregon’s Transportation Safety Division and as a trainer and training program developer in the private sector.

John Diehl
CHIEF TRAINING OFFICER

John Diehl

John Diehl is the Chief Training Officer for U-Turn180. He is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement. He retired as a Lieutenant over the Advanced Traffic Safety Training Section for the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a certified instructor in SFST, Drug Recognition Expert, Radar/Lidar and Crash Investigations. In 1999, he was selected to a 1 year assignment at NHTSA in Washington, DC.

Mike Peterson
INSTRUCTOR

Mike Peterson

During Mike's 31-year career with the Oregon State Police, he served as: Commander of the Mobile Response Team, original S.W.A.T. member, Honor Guard member, Area Commander/Lieutenant at the Salem Patrol Office, Lieutenant at the Oregon Police Academy and the founder and Commander of the Critical Incident Response Team. He also worked in the Patrol Division at General Headquarters, where he had oversight on Collision Reconstruction Unit, Narcotic & Interdiction Canine Unit, Evidence program and the Traffic Incident Management program.

Mike taught numerous classes at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Tim Weaver
INSTRUCTOR

Tim Weaver

Tim Weaver spent 33 years at Newberg-Dundee Police Department retiring in 2011.  He specialized as a certified instructor in many traffic-safety related areas including radar/lidar, traffic law enforcement, SFST and in 1995 was certified as a Drug Recognition Expert and became a certified expert witness in a number of Oregon courts.