PORTLAND -- Police are warning drivers to celebrate New Year s Eve responsibly and reminding everyone that DUII patrols will be out in full force.
Motorists are strongly encouraged to utilize a sober designated driver, public transportation, or call a taxi. Just in this last month, the Traffic Division's major crash team has investigated four fatal crashes, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau. Often times drug- and alcohol-impaired driving, speeding, and distracted driving due to cell phone use or texting are the major contributing factors to the fatal crashes we investigate.
Police are asking the public to help catch drunk drivers. They were asking that people call 911 to report any drivers that appear to be impaired.
The Regional Sheriff's Association shared this video on YouTube, promoting their Zero Fatalities on New Year's Eve campaign:
In Portland, TriMet was offering free rides and extended MAX train hours to help revelers get home safely. All passengers can ride for free after 8 p.m. on MAX trains, buses and the Portland Streetcar.
MAX Blue, Green and Yellow lines will run on weekday schedules with late-night service until around 3 a.m. on New Year s Eve.