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Oregon Police Continue Crackdown Against Impaired and Other Dangerous Drivers Through Labor Day Holiday
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195
Shelley M. Snow
ODOT Public Affairs
Office: (503) 986-3438

Video links valid for 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
(Note: This is our first try in providing images of three in-car videos of incidents recorded by Oregon State Police troopers as examples of the type of dangerous DUII and other driving that officers are on the lookout for.)
Video #1 - DUII driver (daytime)
Video #2 - Reckless, high speed driver
Video #3 - Dangerous motorcycle operator
State, county and city police officers in Oregon and nationwide are continuing to zero in on dangerous and impaired drivers during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend as part of the 2009 crackdown against impaired drivers. The national campaign" Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." kicked off August 21st and continues through Labor Day weekend, September 7th.

During the first ten days of this year's national DUII crackdown, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported a large jump in the number of impaired driver arrests. Between August 21st and 31st, DUII driver arrests by OSP troopers jumped over 60 percent in comparison to the first ten days of last year's campaign.
"In addition to the hundreds of arrests by deputies and city officers since the effort was launched, OSP troopers have reported 153 impaired driving arrests through the end of August in support of the national crackdown. Last year, there were 96 reported DUII arrests by troopers during the crackdown's first ten days," said Captain Joel Lujan, director of the OSP Patrol Services Division. "It is no secret that Oregon law enforcement agencies are working together, putting more officers out to find and remove impaired drivers off our roadways before they ruin your trip."
Driving under the influence is one of America's deadliest crimes and is a major factor in holiday weekend traffic crashes and fatalities. In fact, fatal crash statistics tracked by ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicate the Labor Day holiday period is historically the second deadliest on Oregon roads. On average since 1970, seven traffic-related deaths occur in Oregon each year during Labor Day holiday. Eleven people died during last year's Labor Day holiday period in 9 separate fatal traffic crashes. Nine of the deaths were alcohol or drug involved.

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher is illegal in all 50 States. Nationwide in 2008, nearly 12,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 or higher. The national "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." impaired driving crackdown is organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and supported by law enforcement throughout the nation. It focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.

"The Transportation Safety Division (TSD) of ODOT supports the combined efforts of Oregon's law enforcement as they join together to crackdown' on impaired drivers. Oregonians across the state should be aware that law enforcement is out to get impaired drivers off the roads, and we applaud them for their commitment to keep the roads safe for everyone who is traveling throughout our state," said Ms. Gretchen McKenzie, TSD Impaired Driving Program manager.
The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and ODOT offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:
* Be watchful for emergency vehicles displaying required warning lights and using emergency equipment. Yield when required and maintain a safe distance when they are working on our highways.
* Get plenty of rest before starting out. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Expect the unexpected. Be informed and prepared when traveling on any of our highways.
* Know where you go. When traveling anywhere, plan ahead and take known routes if possible. For road conditions in Oregon, call 5-1-1 or (800) 977-ODOT (6368). Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. Visiting TripCheck.com on the Internet provides information on road and weather conditions, incidents and traffic delays, and links to numerous cameras along major routes.
* Be on the lookout for motorcycles, bicycles and people walking on or near our highways.
* Keep your eyes and mind on the road. Don't let distractions keep you from maintaining control of your vehicle.
* Be aware that many road construction projects are underway around the state. The scope of work zones is projected to continue to increase through implementation of the Oregon Transportation Improvement Act, the biggest overhaul and modernization of Oregon highways and bridges in decades.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone 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.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly.
* Don't drink and drive.
Everyone plays an important role in keeping our roads and streets safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.
(Media requests for ridealongs or interviews may be directed to their local Oregon State Police office)
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