The holiday season is both a joyous and stressful time for many Americans. There is an abundance of holiday festivities and family get-togethers, errands and last-minute shopping, school holiday performances, and so much more. The plethora of parties and stressful situations can, at times, lead to an increase in alcohol, which can result in drunk driving. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that drunk driving crashes killed 10,874 people, equating to one person killed every 48 minutes, and accounting for approximately one-third of all vehicle crash fatalities. This holiday season, local law enforcement agencies are working together to get impaired drivers off the roads and help save lives. On Saturday, December 22nd law enforcement officers from Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Central Point Police Department, Talent Police Department and Ashland Police Department will participate in a high-visibility enforcement campaign to enforce impaired driving laws. Local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for impaired driving. The Medford Police Department recommends these simple tips to stay safe on the road while celebrating the holiday season:
Plan a way to safely get home before the festivities begin.
Always designate a sober driver.
If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe, sober travel arrangements to where they are going.