December is Drinking & Drugged Driving Awareness Month, ODOT Announces

December is Drinking & Drugged Driving Awareness Month, ODOT Announces

With the support of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Governor Kate Brown has once again designated December as being Drinking & Drugged Driving Awareness Month, or 3D month, according to transportation safety officials.

The focus of this month-long campaign is to remind motorists of the dangers of impaired driving, as well as that:

  • “There is no presumed blood level of marijuana in a driver’s system that implies the driver is impaired.”
  • Even prescribed and over-the-counter medications can impair driving abilities.
  • Officers will be out in drove throughout the remainder of 2015 to get as many impaired drivers off of the roads as possible.
  • Impaired driving crashes are entirely preventable.

Explaining the importance of this anti-impaired driving campaign, Gov. Brown has noted that:

Residents and communities in Oregon need to continue to demand that friends and family members be responsible, avoid driving under the influence of any intoxicants, and condemn irresponsible and life-threatening driving choices.

Similarly, Dan Estes, ODOT Impaired Driving Program Manager, has stated that:

Just because something is prescribed by a doctor or purchased legally like cold medicine doesn’t mean that it can’t cause a serious impairment or won’t earn someone a DUI arrest if they choose to drive impaired… It’s not about the substance; it’s really about the impairment…When a person makes the right choice in the very beginning, before they ever get behind the wheel, that’s the most effective way to prevent impaired driving, before it ever starts.

ODOT Safety Tips to Avoid an Impaired Driving Crash

If you will be driving throughout the remainder of 2015 – including over the holidays, here are some important safety tips from ODOT that can reduce your risk of an impaired driving crash:

  • Don’t drinking and drive – Buzzed driving is drunk driving, and motorists can start experiencing impaired abilities behind the wheel at BACs as low as 0.02.
  • Rest up and put down the distractions – Fatigued and distracted driving can be just as dangerous – and deadly – as drunk driving. So, commit to being prepared to drive whenever you get behind the wheel.
  • Know how to safely traverse winter roads – While this means that you should be prepared to drive slower and leave more room between vehicles (especially when the weather is adverse), it also means that you should be prepared for plows and other larger vehicles to share the road.
  • Be mindful of  others on the road – Be especially vigilant of pedestrians, and report other motorists who may be impaired to authorities.

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