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OSP Reminds Drivers “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over”
Oregon State Police urge everyone to support efforts to apprehend drunk and drugged drivers this weekend through the Christmas holiday while also remembering those affected by an impaired driver whenever you see headlights on vehicles during daytime hours Friday.
Every year since 1991 on the weekend preceding Christmas, the International Association of Chiefs of Police have organized “National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend”, an effort to heighten public awareness. Drivers are asked to turn on their headlights Friday, December 21, for “National Lights on for Life” day, in remembrance of those who have been affected by an impaired driver. To help save lives on our roadways this holiday season, OSP and local law enforcement partners have been involved in a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired drivers beginning December 12, through January 1st. Starting at 12:01am, Friday, December 21, through 11:59pm, Tuesday, December 25, police officers nationwide and in Oregon will be stepping up these enforcement efforts for “National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend” through the Christmas holiday period.
Last year in Oregon during the Christmas holiday 78-hour reporting period two people died in 2 separate fatal traffic crashes on Oregon roads. OSP troopers reported 50 DUII arrests during last year’s “National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend” and 28 DUII arrests during the Christmas holiday period. More than half of last year’s DUII arrests by OSP troopers during the Christmas holiday reporting period occurred Christmas Eve, December 24.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , this year’s holiday enforcement crackdown is being supported by more than $7 million in national TV and radio advertising featuring the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The ads, which first premiered last summer, feature “invisible” law enforcement officers observing alcohol-impaired individuals and then apprehending them when they attempt to drive their vehicles. The ads are designed to raise awareness and support law enforcement activities in every state in an effort to reduce drunk driving deaths.