OSP cracks down on holiday drunk driving

OSP cracks down on holiday drunk driving

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 25 at 3:10 AM

SALEM -- The Oregon State Police are urging drivers to use caution over the holiday weekend.

On Dec. 13, the OSP and local law enforcement launched a zero-tolerance campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, aimed at reducing drunk and drugged driving, said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the OSP.

The crackdown lasts through Jan. 1 2014.

"Drunk driving is a killer on the roads all year round," said OSP Superintendent Richard Evans. "Sadly, the holiday season is a particularly dangerous time because more impaired drivers are behind the wheel."

Last year, three people died in three separate crashes and 53 people were arrested for DUII during the holiday weekend, Hastings said. That same year, 37 percent of all fatal crashes involved an impaired driver.

State police recommend taking the following precautions: 

  • Have designated drivers.
  • Plan to stay overnight. Make arrangements to stay overnight at your friend's home or in a hotel room.
  • Be responsible. If you are hosting a party, don’t let someone who has been drinking get behind the wheel.
  • Monitor car keys. Collect your guests' car keys at the beginning of your event.
  • Then, talk with your guests about transportation options before they leave.
  • 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.
  • Walking or bicycling after dark? Wear bright clothes to help you stand out.
  • Buckle up, every trip, every time.
  • Drive defensively at all times.

Police also recommend monitoring road reports. More information on KGW traffic resources below.

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