Hitting the road for Labor Day Weekend? Make sure you don’t “hit it” too hard. Alcohol/drugs kill, and not just the driver.
With an anticipated increase in holiday travelers on the road according to AAA, Oregon State Police (OSP) and many law enforcement agencies in Oregon are continuing a nationwide effort to prevent traffic crashes while targeting impaired drivers during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. The nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign targets impaired driving to prevent traffic crashes that impact lives and affect those traveling on our highways during the second deadliest major holiday period for highway travelers in Oregon.
Kicking off the Labor Day holiday weekend, Friday, August 30th, travelers on Oregon highways should see an obvious increase in the number of OSP patrol vehicles, marked and unmarked. All available sworn personnel assigned to Field Operations scheduled to work that day have been asked to supplement local highway safety or natural resource enforcement efforts.
Last year during the 2012 Labor Holiday reporting period, three people died in 3 separate traffic crashes on Oregon roads.
“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” said Hampton. “We hope the message to drive safe, alert, rested, and sober, backed by increased enforcement efforts, will be remembered and remain with drivers throughout the holiday period.”
The 2013 Labor Day Holiday period starts 6:00 p.m., Friday, August 30, and runs through 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 2. Oregon troopers,
In addition to the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, participating Oregon law enforcement agencies will be in the midst of another “Click It or Ticket” campaign (August 28 – September 8) to keep people buckled up and children in the right size and type child safety seat. OSP and other law enforcement agencies will use overtime grant funds to increase enforcement efforts targeting impaired drivers, unbuckled adults and children, and to get drivers to obey speed laws on Interstate and secondary state highways.
According to ODOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:
* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Be alert and avoid distractions.
* Drive sober.