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Seaside Police Department participates in high visibility Labor Day enforcement

Sgt. Joshua Gregory, Seaside Police Department

For Seaside Signal

Published on August 13, 2018 3:01PM

Last changed on August 13, 2018 4:40PM

The Seaside Police Department is participating in the driving while under the influence of intoxicants high visibility enforcement grant from Oregon Impact.

As summertime comes to a close, backyard barbecues and family picnics increase over Labor Day weekend, formally marking the end of the season. Labor Day weekend also means more vehicles on the road, as families venture out for one more quick vacation or celebration. More vehicles on the road increases the likelihood of crashes — especially when factoring in Labor Day celebrations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to make sure this busy travel period is a safe one, which is why we’re partnering with law enforcement nationwide on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign from Aug. 16 through Sept. 4, 2017.

Drunk driving is a life-threatening problem our country faces every day. According to the safety administration, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, up from 9,967 in 2014. It’s incomprehensible that more than 10,000 people lose their lives in drunk-driving crashes each year, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities. In 2015, nearly 20 percent of all drunk-driving fatalities for the month occurred over the Labor Day holiday period. The statistics are clear: Labor Day weekend is increasingly more dangerous for people out on the roads. It is important that those considering driving after drinking know that there are deadly consequences to their actions.

We ask our community members to call 911 if you see anyone believed to be operating a motor vehicle impaired. When everyone takes action and plays a role in the enforcement of DUII’s, the number effected by a tragic event greatly diminishes.


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