Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Oregon State Police and other agencies are urging people to travel safely this Fourth of July holiday weekend. It's historically the deadliest major holiday on the roads in Oregon.

An Oregon State trooper on patrol (file photo).

Oregon State Patrol

An Oregon State trooper on patrol (file photo).

This year's holiday period begins Wednesday evening and ends Sunday night. Extra patrols will be on duty in different parts of the state.

Gregg Hastings is with the Oregon State Police. He says law enforcement officers from city, county, and state agencies are joining together to make the roads safer.

"The most important emphasis will be towards finding and removing impaired drivers from the road before they become involved in a traffic crash or cause some type of highway incident that leads to major closures or deaths to other Oregonians," Hastings said.

Hastings says travelers are reminded to drive sober, be well rested and aware of their surroundings.

Last year's Fourth of July holiday was the second Independence Day period when Oregon recorded no traffic fatalities.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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