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OSP, Portland Police, Multnomah County SO Teaming Together To Help Remind Drivers To Start Labor Day Holiday Weekend Safely

August 28, 2013

In conjunction with this weekend's statewide holiday traffic safety efforts, travelers can expect to see more police officers in the Multnomah County area Friday afternoon, August 30. Before the "official" kickoff of the Labor Day holiday weekend begins Friday at 6:00 p.m., a multi-agency enforcement effort starting at 2:00 p.m. is planned in the following areas through 7:00 p.m.:

* Interstate 84 east of SE 122nd Avenue to Cascade Locks involving Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon State Police.
* Interstate 5 south from Portland to Donald/Aurora interchange involving Portland Police Bureau and Oregon State Police.

Additionally, each night, Saturday (August 31) and Sunday (September 1), Portland Police Bureau and Oregon State Police will concentrate increased DUII enforcement efforts in the downtown area, and interstate freeways and state highways leading out of Portland. The interagency effort is part of the nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign targeting impaired driving to prevent crashes that impact lives and affect those traveling on our highways during the second deadliest major holiday period for highway travelers in Oregon.

Oregon law enforcement agencies are using overtime grant funds to step up enforcement efforts targeting impaired drivers, unbuckled adults and children (Click It or Ticket), and other drivers committing hazardous or other potential crash-related traffic violations.

The 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:

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. 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.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting www.TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all 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. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Be alert and avoid distractions.
* Drive sober.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.


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