To combat the deadly problem of impaired driving, the Eugene Police Department will be out in force with additional DUII officers this weekend and through the Fourth of July holiday, and will work in collaboration with the District Attorney’s Office on June 30 and July 1.
The Fourth of July is a time of celebration often shared with relatives and friends, yet according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “it is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk driving. During the 2015 Fourth of July Holiday, 146 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. Nearly two-thirds of those killed were in crashes where at least one driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit.”
Please be safe, responsible, and always have a plan to get home safely. If you plan to drink, plan NOT to drive.
- Before drinking, choose a non-drinking friend as a designated driver.
- Don’t let your friends drive impaired.
- If you have been drinking, call a taxi or take the bus. There are numerous transportation options on the City of Eugene website at https://www.eugene-or.gov/654/Bus-Carpool-Vanpool-Other
- If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
- Always wear your seat belt— it’s your best defense against impaired drivers.
Eugene Police Department – July Fourth DUII Enforcement video