PORTLAND Heavy holiday weekend traffic has law enforcement and transportation officials stepping up thier efforts.

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Police in Oregon will be stepping up traffic patrols over the holiday weekend, with an increased focus on drunk driving.

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An enforcement blitz began at 6 p.m. Friday and lasts until 11:59 p.m. Monday, according to Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.

This holiday weekend is usually the deadliest on Oregon roadways, Hastings said.

Nearly 300 people have died on Oregon's roads during the Fourth of July holiday period since 1970, Hastings said. Last year, three people died in 2 separate fatal traffic crashes in Oregon. In the three years before that, eight people died.

The goal, according to Hastings, is to stop impaired drivers before they are involved in crashes.

OSP reminded drivers to use safety restraints correctly, move over for emergency vehicles, avoid impaired or fatigued driving, and check traffic conditions before traveling.

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