“3D Month” puts focus on safe,
sober holiday traveling
SALEM – Because our combined efforts continue to have a positive effect, Governor John Kitzhaber has once again proclaimed December as “3D Month” – or “Drinking and Drugged Driving Awareness Month.” The proclamation highlights the importance of educating everyone about how sober driving – and including bicycling and walking – can save lives
Last year in December, nine people were killed in crashes involving an impaired driver, continuing a downward trend over the past several years. In 2006, 20 people died; in 2007, 18 and in 2008, 19. Still, one death on the transportation system is one too many – especially when it could have potentially been prevented.
Awareness plays a role in doing just that – preventing tragic crashes and deaths from using the transportation system. Even one alcoholic drink can impair many people, and over-the-counter and prescriptions drugs can, too.
Throughout December, extra law enforcement will be working around the clock to encourage safe driving practices. ODOT’s partners in the effort include Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, and other safety advocates.
The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will run through Dec. 31 and reminds drivers that you don’t have to be legally drunk, or even drinking alcohol, to be impaired.