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"Drive sober or get pulled over"

Law enforcement ready for annual National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend

Dec 18, 2012


Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police releaseed a statement today urging everyone tokeep the roads safe Christmas holiday while also remembering those affected by an impaired driver whenever you see headlights on vehicles during daytime hours Friday.

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  drivers under the influence. Motorists are asked to turn on their headlights Friday, December 21, for "National Lights on for Life" day, in remembrance of those who have been affected by an impaired driver.

OSP and local law enforcement partners are patrolling under the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown from Dec. 12 to Jan. 1, 2013. This Friday through Christmas, police officers will step up efforts for "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend."

Last year, in Oregon during the Christmas holiday 78-hour reporting period, two people died in 2 separate fatal traffic crashes on Oregon roads. OSP troopers reported 50 DUII arrests during the "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend" and 28 DUII arrests during Christmas. More than half of last year's DUII arrests by OSP troopers during the Christmas holiday reporting period occurred Christmas Eve, December 24.

"No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will be anything but joyous," said OSP Captain Ted Phillips, Patrol Services Division director. "But for those who include alcohol with their celebrations and extend it onto the road behind the wheel of a vehicle, their joy tragically could change to sorrow for them and their loved ones."

This year's holiday enforcement campaign is supported by more than $7 million in national TV and radio advertising featuring the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.  

OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT offer these simple but important safety tips:

* Plan ahead. If you are planning to drink, plan ahead: volunteer to be a designated driver, designate a sober driver or arrange for a taxi to pick you up at a set time.

* Be responsible. 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.

* Walking or bicycling after dark? Wear bright clothes to help you stand out.

* 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).

OSP and ODOT also urge travelers to "Know Before You Go", monitoring media reports for weather forecasts and keeping up-to-date on road conditions at www.TripCheck.com. In addition to road and weather conditions, winter driving safety information and tips are also there to help keep you informed and safe on our roads.

More information regarding impaired driving and nationwide enforcement crackdown efforts is available on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Impaired

- NR staff

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