December 27, 2013
Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon City Police Department (OCPD) are joining together Friday (12/27) and Saturday (12/28) night targeting DUII enforcements on Highway 99E, Highway 213 and Interstate 205. The interagency enforcement effort is one of many special "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdowns to stop impaired drivers in Oregon and nationally that began December 13, 2013, and concludes January 1, 2014.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 32,000 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the nation in 2011, and 31 percent of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes. Last year in Oregon, 37 percent of crashes in which someone died involved an impaired driver.
Whether you are driving in the targeted enforcement area or on any other roadway in Oregon, OSP and OCPD urge all travelers to plan ahead, ensure you have a sober driver operating any vehicle, and consider these simple but important safety tips:
* Have designated drivers. Plan to have sober drivers at your party who can help get folks home safely. Volunteer to be a sober driver at someone else's party.
* Plan to stay overnight. Make pre-arrangements to stay overnight at your friend's home or in a hotel room where you won't have to drive if you have been drinking.
* Monitor car keys. Collect your guests' car keys at the beginning of your event. Then, talk with your guests before they leave about the best transportation options for them.
* Be ready with a cab fare fund. Having available cash to pay cab fare for your guests if they need it reduces the stress on you. If you can't afford to pay for it yourself, ask your guests to pitch in a few bucks on your invitation. And keep phone numbers handy.
* Be responsible. If you are hosting a party, offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and help your guests be responsible. Don't let someone who has been drinking get behind the wheel.
* Walking or bicycling after dark? Wear bright clothes to help you stand out.
* Buckle up, every trip, every time.
* Drive defensively at all times.
* Show zero tolerance for impaired driving. Report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).