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MADD joins Douglas County-Area Public Safety's Message This Weekend: "Over the Limit. Under Arrest"
12/11/2008
Mothers Against Drunk Driving - Pacific Northwest Region
Beth West
Phone: (541) 496-3820
Lois Harvick
Phone: (541) 343-8115
 
Sergeant Steve Mitchell
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Office: (541) 440-3347

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MADD asks Public to "Tie One On" in Support of Enforcement and MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving
 
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is opening a new Douglas County Community Action Site (CAS) joining area law enforcement agencies and traffic safety partners this weekend for the kickoff of the holiday crackdown against impaired driving. The newly formed CAS will help send the message emphasizing the importance to not drive while impaired this holiday season. The unified educational and enforcement effort supports Governor Kulongoski's proclamation of December as "Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness" month.
 
On Saturday, December 13, 2008, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. a public education campaign will be hosted by MADD, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission, and state and local law enforcement agencies. Held in the parking lot of Mercy Sleep Center on Stewart Parkway in Roseburg, event participants will provide a reminder for drivers and passengers to drive safe, sober, and buckled up as part of the "Tie One On For Safety" awareness campaign. Representatives from an ignition interlock devise company will provide a demonstration, and a visual reminder of a car involved in a fatal DUII crash along with the Mobile DUII Processing Center (MDPC) motor home will also be on display.
 
On Friday and Saturday nights, December 12th and 13th, a multi-agency DUII enforcement crackdown involving OSP, Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Winston Police Department, and Sutherlin Police Department will focus on Interstate 5 and area roadways. The MDPC will be available to assist officers process arrested DUII drivers throughout the weekend.
 
A national study released last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed the daily death toll from impaired driving crashes during the Christmas and New Year's holiday periods is significantly more than for the rest of the year. The report showed from 2001 - 2005, an average of 36 fatalities occurred per day on America's roadways as a result of crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. That number increased to 45 per day during the Christmas period and to 54 per day over the New Year's holiday.
 
MADD, Douglas County-area law enforcement agencies, ODOT, Douglas County District Attorney's Office and Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission urge holiday travelers to remember these tips:
 
* Don't drink and drive, and don't ride with anyone who has had too much to drink.
* Never use illegal drugs.
* Volunteer to be a designated driver.
* If someone who has been drinking insists on driving, take his/her keys.
* If hosting a gathering, provide non-alcoholic beverages.
* Always use safety restraints.
* Avoid travel after midnight, especially on weekends or holidays.
* Drive defensively at all times.
* Report any suspected impaired driver by calling 9-1-1 or 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).
 
Information about the MADD Eugene Affiliate Office and Pacific Northwest Region is available on their website at http://www.maddeugene.org/.
 

For more information about the national effort against impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org.
 
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