Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix—Be Safe During the Fourth of July Holiday

The Fourth of July weekend is the deadliest time of the year on Oregon roads. Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:

  1. Get rested before you are tested. 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.
  2. Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
  3. Know before you go. Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 511.
  4. 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.
  5. Share the road. Don’t tailgate. Check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  6. Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly.
  7. Don’t drink and drive.
  8. MOVE OVER, if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck, or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated, use caution while passing.