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Safe Driving Tips for Labor Day, Back-to-School and... Every Day of the Year

Last year in Oregon over the Labor Day holiday, six people died in crashes. Five of those were in crashes involving alcohol. No matter where you drive in the U.S., it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Yet every year, about one-third of all deaths on our nation’s roads involve impaired drivers. In 2015 alone, 10,265 people were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes.

“When you’re behind the wheel, there’s no room for impairment of any kind,” said ODOT Director Matt Garrett ahead of the three-day weekend, when many families will also be preparing for back-to-school. “People will be out and about for the last holiday of the summer, and we’ll soon have more young people walking and riding bikes to school, so drivers need to have their minds on the road.”
In fact, Garrett and other safety advocates ask that no matter which mode you use, concentrate on your drive, ride or walk as the first and only priority. To that end, a multi-faceted campaign that includes media messages, community events, teen driver and law enforcement training, and a brand new educational approach called “Drive Healthy” is running statewide to bring attention to – and reduce – distracted driving. Why is this so important? Both the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and a study performed with real drivers by Car & Driver Magazine found that distracted driving actually impairs a driver more than alcohol. 

For more information and safe driving tips please read the complete ODOT news release. 

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