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Beaverton police boost Memorial Day weekend patrols along area roadways

Agency offers tips for safe travels to holiday destinations

The Beaverton Police Department will be out in force during the Memorial Day weekend to keep an eye out for both aggressive and impaired drivers.

Officers remind motorists that driving under the influence of alcohol, narcotic drugs or other medications that affect the central nervouse system is dangerous.

Beginning Saturday and continuing through Monday, motorists will see more officers on the road to ensure that folks get to their destinations safely.

In addition to the extra DUII patrols, Beaverton police officers will also be focusing their efforts on driver safety by addressing seatbelt and speed violations as they continue with the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign through Sunday, June 5.

Here are a few reminders for safe holiday travels:

  • Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Be attentive to the roadway and your surroundings.
  • Share the road. Don't tailgate and check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly. Visit www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips.
  • Move over if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow trucks or roadside assistance vehicles.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Report drunk drivers immediately by calling 911.
  • "Remember, if you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they're going safely," said Det. Pam Yazzolino, Beaverton police spokeswoman. "Oregon crash data shows that almost half of our state's unbuckled fatalities are persons having measurable blood alcohol content.

    "We urge everyone traveling this holiday weekend to buckle up and have a rested, alert and sober driver operating every vehicle."