Oregon State Police promoted awareness of impaired drivers


Oregon State Police are promoting their annual effort to raise public awareness of impaired drivers on the weekend before Christmas.


According to last year’s statistics, two people died in two separate fatal car crashes in Oregon whereas 50 drivers were arrested for DUII during the 78-hour Christmas holiday period.


This year also, Oregon state police are bringing back their annual campaign for drunk driving to raise public awareness in an effort to curb impaired driving. The campaign which started on December 12 will continue till January 1, 2013, is known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.


A number of law enforcement authorities are participating in the awareness campaign including the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police. They will be apprehending drugged and drunk drivers on the roads through the Christmas holidays.


The campaign titled ” National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend” is an annual campaign which has been held every year since 1991. It begins on the weekend before Christmas through the Christmas holiday in an effort to raise awareness of impaired drivers and to honor those who have become victims of drunk driving. This year, Friday December 21 marked the day for “National Lights on for Life” when drivers are encouraged to turn their headlights on during daylight hours to remember drunk driving victims.


A number of safety precautions have been provided by the Oregon state law enforcement agencies and the Oregon Department of Transportation to make the holiday season safe for everyone. These safety tips include the following:


  • Do not drink and driver. If you are planning to drink, make sure you have a designated driver
  • Call a cab or stay over if you do not have a sober driver available to drive you home
  • If you are traveling by bike or walking, wear bright clothes for improved visibility of drivers
  • Offer non-alcoholic drinks to your guests if you are hosting a party and don’t let guests drive impaired
  • Wear a seatbelt at all times when you travel by car
  • Drive cautiously and report any impaired driver you see on the road


Call 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK if you spot an impaired driver on the road.

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