Police offer safety advice for July 4 weekend

Oregon law enforcement will focus on stopping drivers before they become involved in a crash or incident this Fourth of July weekend.

With a main focus on impaired drivers, law enforcement in Oregon and nationwide will again be cracking down with their "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" enforcement blitz starting at 6 p.m., Friday, July 1, and concluding 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 4.

Statistics gathered from Oregon's Fatality Analysis Reporting System over the past 25 years show nearly half of all Independence Day holiday period traffic fatalities were in alcohol-involved crashes. Similar statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show nearly half of all deadly national traffic crashes over the holiday period involved some level of alcohol.

Here are some safety reminders for holiday travel:

  • Get rested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
  • Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting www.tripcheck.com or by calling 5-1-1.
  • Even when workers are not present, all work zone 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. Don't tailgate and check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Move over if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
  • Immediately report aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

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