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  • Stay Safe and Drive Sober This Fourth of July
    June 29 2012

    Many Oregonians do not realize the Fourth of July holiday is traditionally the deadliest holiday period of the year on Oregon roads.  The Oregon State Police (OSP) are launching a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign this year for the holiday.

    “Too many people die behind the wheel each year due to those who choose to drive after drinking,” said OSP Superintendent Richard Evans. “Those who try to drink and drive this Fourth of July and during the following days should be forewarned. No warnings. No excuses. If you drive impaired, you will be arrested.”

    OSP troopers, county deputies and city police officers will step up enforcement efforts to stop drunk drivers. 

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

    * 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.
    * Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
    * Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.
    * 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.
    * Share the road. Don’t tailgate and check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
    * Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
    * Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly.
    * Don’t drink and drive.
    * 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.

    I wish you a safe and fun holiday this year.

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