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"3D" Month Encourages Safe, Sober Holidays
11/30/2011
Shelley Snow
ODOT Public Affairs
(503) 881-5362
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed December as “3D Month” in recognition of statewide efforts to reduce drugged and drunken driving during the holidays and into the new year. Public service announcements with the message of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” will air on both radio and TV throughout the month. The Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, along with safety advocates from around the state, are partnering to help keep Oregon’s roads safe.
 
“Motorists will be seeing increased enforcement efforts by Oregon police agencies during the holidays,” said Linda Fisher-Lewis, ODOT’s Impaired Driving Program manager.
 
Over the past decade, more than 2,000 individuals were killed and over 10,000 people were injured by drinking and drugged drivers in Oregon. The financial cost of those losses is more than $9 billion, but that’s minimal compared to the pain of losing a loved one in such a tragic way.
 
“After seeing, hearing and reading about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, many people have gotten the message,” said Captain Mike Dingeman, director of the Oregon State Police Patrol Services Division. “But sadly, there are those who still think they are invincible or don’t care enough and get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t.”
 
December is Oregon’s peak month for crashes. If you are planning to host or attend a holiday get-together this season, here are a few 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 a hotel room where you won’t have to drive if you have been drinking.
  • Plan ahead to get keys. Prepare a basket or bowl where all of your guests can leave their keys, and you are the only person who can retrieve the keys. This way, you can talk with your guests before they leave about the best 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.
  • Keep a phone number for a cab company handy. Print the name of a local cab company on your invitation and ask your guests to program it into their mobile phones.
  • Purchase non-alcoholic beverages. Always have soft drinks, juices and other non-alcoholic beverages available for those guests who are driving or choose not to drink.
 
For tips on helping young people avoid dangerous situations involving drugs, drinking and driving, or to learn about other programs aimed at reducing impaired driving, visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired. Watch the ODOT-produced video on the consequences of driving impaired in Oregon (www.youtube.com/oregondot).
 
Everyone, every day is encouraged to report impaired drivers to 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).
 
Total Oregon fatal crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs during the month of December,
2001 – 2010*
 

Year
Intoxicant-Involved
Fatal Crashes
Resulting Fatalities
2001
10
10
2002
6
6
2003
12
15
2004
14
18
2005
7
7
2006
15
20
2007
18
18
2008
18
19
2009
13
14
2010
9
9
 


Total Oregon fatal crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs during the month of December,
2001 – 2010* by county
 

County
Intoxicant-Involved
Fatal Crashes
Resulting Fatalities
Baker
1
1
Benton
1
1
Clackamas
12
13
Coos
3
3
Curry
4
6
Deschutes
7
10
Douglas
5
5
Jackson
10
12
Jefferson
3
3
Josephine
8
8
Klamath
5
8
Lake
2
2
Lane
5
5
Linn
3
3
Marion
10
10
Multnomah
20
20
Polk
4
6
Sherman
1
1
Tillamook
4
4
Umatilla
2
2
Union
1
1
Wasco
2
2
Washington
7
8
Yamhill
2
2
TOTALS 2001 - 2010
122
136
 
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