Three-day Weekends: Safety Tips and Reminders

Labor Day weekend is typically the last weekend families head out for three days to spend time together before the kids return to school. Traffic in Oregon on the long weekend is usually an issue with long lines of vehicles leaving home to travel for fun and relaxation. The extra traffic affects travel time and increases the potential for problems on the roads. Historically, there are a number of vehicle collisions during the long weekend. Make sure you and your family are safe while traveling.

Before you go, visit TripCheck at the Oregon Department of Transportation, for the latest road conditions and travel alerts.

OSP offers these safety tips and reminders:

  • Start putting together your traveling game plan now before the season starts.
  • On travel day: leave early, be patient and alert so that you can react to sudden stops in traffic, quick lane changes by other vehicles, and leave plenty of distance between you and others on the road.
  • Keep current on road and travel conditions by visiting, calling 5-1-1, and listening for radio traffic-related news and updates.
  • Avoid distractions and don’t talk or text on cell phones when driving.
  • Buckle up every trip, every time.
  • Have a sober, rested driver behind the wheel of your vehicle at all times.
  • State, county, and city police along with ODOT encourage reporting any possible intoxicated or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).