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Police step up patrols

This holiday season, Oregon State Police and local law enforcement partners have been involved in a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired drivers. Starting on Friday, Dec. 20, and continuing through Sunday, Dec. 22, police officers nationwide will be stepping up enforcement efforts.

“Drunk driving is a killer on the roads all year round,” said OSP Superintendent Richard Evans. “Sadly, the holiday season is particularly a dangerous time because more impaired drivers are behind the wheel of a vehicle. We ask everyone to take a stand now, plan ahead, and don’t be the cause of a traffic crash that claims someone’s life — or your own.”

Last year in Oregon during a 102-hour Christmas holiday reporting period, three people died in three separate traffic crashes on Oregon roads. OSP troopers reported 53 DUII arrests.

OSP and its partners off er these simple, yet often overlooked, safety tips.

Plan ahead for designated drivers.

Plan to stay overnight. Make pre-arrangements to stay overnight at your friend’s home or in a hotel room.

If you’re the host, monitor car keys. Collect your guests’ car keys at the beginning of your event. Then, talk with your guests before they leave about the best transportation options for them.

Be ready with a cab fare fund. Having available cash to pay cab fare for your guests if they need it reduces the stress on you.

If you are hosting a party, offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and help your guests be responsible.

Walking or bicycling home? Wear bright clothes to help you stand out.

Buckle up. Every trip, every time.

Drive defensively at all times.

Another way to show zero tolerance for impaired driving is to report impaired drivers by calling 911 or OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).

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