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Tigard Police warn motorists to drive sober, or get pulled over

Tigard Police will be out in force for the next several days, looking for drunk drivers on the road during Thanksgiving week.

Starting Friday, Nov. 21, and continuing through Dec. 1, Tigard Police will be conducting “high visibility enforcement,” with extra patrols on the roads, looking for drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It’s part of a nationwide effort to reduce impaired drivers, said Jim Wolf, a Tigard Police spokesman.

The program is in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Oregon Impact.

In a statement, Tigard police told drivers to remember the importance of driving sober:

• Drunk driving is often a symptom of a larger problem, such as alcohol misuse and abuse.

• Crashes involving alcohol account for nearly half of the fatal and serious injury crashes occurring in Oregon each year. Nationally, more than 10,000 people died as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes last year. There is another crash every 51 minutes.

• Alcohol impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually.

“Please plan ahead if you are driving and plan to consume alcohol,” Wolf said. “If you become impaired, don't drive - call for a sober driver, taxi or use mass transit to get home safely.”

If you notice an impaired driver on the road, call 9-1-1 to report it, Wolf said.

To learn more about the high visibility campaign, visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.

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