Public safety — Increased efforts continue through Jan. 1, drivers encouraged to have a plan

Throughout December and into the new year, state and local law enforcement agencies will continue to step up enforcement efforts for drunk or drugged driving.

Since 1991, the weekend preceding Christmas has been dubbed the National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend, with an effort to heighten public awareness and increase apprehension of drunk or drugged drivers.

The Oregon State Police and local law enforcement partners have been involved in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” since Dec. 13 and will continue the effort through Jan. 1.

“Drunk driving is a killer on the roads all year round,” said OSP Superintendent Richard Evans. “Sadly, the holiday season is a particularly 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.”

OSP encourages drivers to have designated drivers, plan ahead, monitor car keys and be responsible to avoid accidents this holiday season.

Report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 or 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).

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