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National Crackdown on Impaired Driving Continues Through New Year's Holiday Weekend
12/30/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
 
Shelley Snow
ODOT Public Affairs
Office: (503) 986-3438

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Police agencies in Oregon and around the country are continuing the nationwide crackdown on impaired driving, "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." that started December 16th and runs through the New Year's weekend.

 
In the past decade in Oregon, more than 2,000 individuals were killed and over 26,000 people injured by drinking and drugged drivers. Nationally in 2008, 11,773 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
 
State, county and city law enforcement agencies are planning enhanced enforcement efforts during the New Year's Holiday period (6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 30th, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, January 3rd, 2010). During last year's 102-hour New Year's holiday period, seven people were killed in 5 separate Oregon traffic crashes. According to FARS statistics, during the last ten years over this holiday period an average of more than 5 traffic deaths have occurred.
 
"Let's end 2009 and begin 2010 the right way by planning ahead now for the extended weekend's celebrations and parties. Volunteer to be a designated driver, keep a sober person at the control's of your vehicle, and always using safety restraints," said Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Timothy McLain.

 
OSP troopers reported more than 50 DUII arrests over last year's New Year's holiday period. During the recent Christmas holiday period, OSP troopers arrested over 60 DUII drivers, up from 50 arrests reported in the 2008 holiday period.
 
OSP, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police and ODOT urge holiday travelers to remember these tips:
  • Remember cooler temperatures are leading to icy roadway conditions in many areas. Expect the unexpected and be alert for quick changes in road conditions, especially watching for ice on bridges and in shaded areas.
  • Don't drink and drive ("Buzzed driving is drunk driving"), 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's been drinking insists on driving, take his/her keys.
  • If hosting a gathering, provide non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Use public transit or local drive-home services provided by taxis and other companies.
  • Always use safety restraints.
  • Avoid travel after midnight, especially on weekends or holidays.
  • Drive alert and defensively at all times.
  • Report any suspected impaired driving by calling 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865) or 9-1-1.