Best Advice for Labor Day Weekend

Buckle Up, No DUII, Be Kind

Oregon LawsThis upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend (Friday-Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 3), you will have extra company on the road. There will be more sheriff patrols with one goal in mind: zero traffic fatalities during this year’s holiday weekend, and in the days leading up to it.

Several counties in Oregon received special funding from Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association to provide overtime patrols. Lane County is a recipient and the Sheriff Department is ready to ride.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 28 people a day lose their life to an alcohol-related traffic crash. This staggering statistic amounts to one alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. This makes the chance of a person being involved in an alcohol-related crash 1 in 3 through a lifetime.

Lane County has the second highest percentage of deaths per vehicle crash in the state of Oregon. There were 4,633 crashes reported in Lane County in 2016 with 45 fatalities and 3,490 injuries.

Check Your DUII, Seat Belts, Car Seats, Texting, and Speeding in Oregon

What do these extra patrols mean to drivers on the road this Labor Day Weekend? The Lane County Sheriff’s Department will be enforcing:

  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) laws–Note: Intoxicants include marijuana. If you are going to use impairing substances, have a designated driver.
  • Aggressive driving laws
  • Seat belt laws.They’ll check that every person in the car is seatbelted.
  • Texting and Driving. A driver texting, even at a stoplight or stop sign, may be cited.
  • Child Seat laws–they’ll be checking that children less than 2 years of age are in a rear facing child seat and that children over 2 years are in a booster seat until 4 foot and 9 inches tall.
  • Or, Risk Lives, Go to Jail and Get Fined Thousands

    Check-out this statement by the Lane County Sheriff’s Department:

    “The Lane County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind motorists to buckle up, drive safely and drive sober. With the passage of Oregon’s marijuana laws, this is also a reminder of the impairment marijuana creates of drivers, impacting their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Driving DUII applies to drivers under the influence of marijuana, as it does with alcohol.

    We will arrest those who fail to follow the law and drive impaired — that risky behavior can cost you your freedom and thousands of dollars, but could also take the life of an innocent person.”

    Here are some other recent Oregon Driving Laws:
    Distracted Driving Laws Effective Oct 1, 2017
    Driver Using a Cell Phone at a Stop Sign/Light
    Car Seat Laws