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"Lights on For Life" Kicks Off National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend
12/16/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

If you happen to notice more headlights on during daytime hours Friday, it hopefully will be a reminder that every day people in Oregon and around the country are being personally impacted by impaired drivers on our roads. Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) remind all drivers that this weekend is the first of three important statewide and national impaired driving crackdown periods.
 
Every year since 1991 on the weekend preceding Christmas, the International Association of Chiefs of Police have organized "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend", an effort to heighten public awareness and increase the apprehension of drunk and drugged drivers starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 17, and going through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 19. In remembrance of those who have been affected by an impaired driver, police and drivers are asked to turn on their headlights Friday for "National Lights on for Life" day.
 
OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT offer these simple but important safety tips:
  • If you are planning to drink, plan ahead: designate a sober driver or arrange for a taxi to pick you up at a set time.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer to be a designated driver.
  • Walking or bicycling after dark? Wear bright clothes to help you stand out, and always look both ways before crossing, even at an intersection.
  • Buckle up, every trip, every time.
  • Drive defensively at all times.
 
Report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).
 
Additional information about upcoming holiday traffic safety efforts and tips is available on the OSP website at:
 
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/12_13_2010_dont_wreck_holidays.shtml
 
And, on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at:
 
http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired
 
Questions regarding local efforts should be directed to your nearest OSP office, sheriff's department and city police agency.