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State agency partnership produces award-winning videos to encourage safe driving
10/10/2011
Two videos produced by ODOT and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission received ‘best practices’ awards at the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) earlier this summer.
 
The video "It’s Your Call" is an educational tool for alcohol servers to help them recognize the behavioral signs of intoxication. This knowledge will help servers slow or stop alcohol service, keep patrons safe and their employer/business in compliance with the law.

Filmed in what’s called a "wet lab," video viewers learn about the more subtle, early signs of intoxication. During a wet lab, volunteers drink specific amounts of alcohol over a period of time. Throughout the process, their blood alcohol levels are monitored, their behavior is observed and their reactions measured. The video follows the volunteer drinkers from sober to legally impaired. "If we can get one server to make the right decision, we have the potential to save lives," said ODOT Impaired Driving Program Manager Linda Fisher-Lewis.

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Transportation Safety Division’s Impaired Driving Program funded the production of the video and the DVD duplication. ODOT Videographer John Kazmierski shot and edited the video.
The video is shown during alcohol server education classes. Businesses can also use it to provide continuing education to their veteran servers.
 
Another OLCC video received special recognition at the NCSLA conference. "Wasted" is the story of a high school girl killed in an impaired driving related crash. The video, again produced by Kazmierski, is an integral part of OLCC’s minor education program. "Wasted" also received a regional Emmy nomination.
 
Both "It's Your Call" and "Wasted" can be seen online in ODOT’s Video Library.