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  • Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix—Be Safe This Holiday
    June 30 2011

    Oregon State Police (OSP) have announced they will be cracking down on drivers this Holiday weekend.  The Fourth of July weekend is the deadliest period of the year on Oregon roads and police patrols will be focusing on stopping drivers before they are involved in an accident.  They will focus mainly on impaired drivers with an aggressive “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” enforcement blitz beginning Friday, July 1 at 6:00 PM, and ending at 11:59 PM Monday, July 4th.

    “Our goal to save lives is simple but the task is challenging,” said OSP Superintendent Chris Brown.  “The solution rests in the hands of each driver making responsible decisions to drive safe and sober, and the work of police officers stopping those drivers who don’t make the right choices.”

    Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

    1.  Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

    2.  Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.

    3.  Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 511.

    4.  Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

    5.  Share the road. Don’t tailgate and check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.

    6.  Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly.

    7.  Don’t drink and drive.

    8.  MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

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