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OSP to emphasize safety on Labor Day weekend

Oregon State Police will be increasing patrols on state highways to ensure travelers remain safe during the Labor Day weekend.

The public is asked to help enforcement efforts by reporting hazardous driving behavior, including excessive speed and impaired driving — and carefully planning their own trips.

"Too many lives are lost on our highways and we want to ensure all Oregonians and visitors safely reach their destinations this weekend," said OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton.

According to AAA Oregon, there will be a large number of travelers on the roadways this weekend.

"Labor Day is seen as the final chance for a long getaway before tsummer comes to an end and we generally see the lowest travel volume of the three major summer holiday weekends,” the group reported.

To add further traffic to already busy highways, the Oregon Ducks are playing in Eugene on Saturday and many fans will be attending the game.

In 2015 and 2016, Oregon has seen a rise in fatal traffic crashes.

OSP wants to cut down on fatalities by focusing enforcement on five major categories of behaviors that contribute serious injury accidents.

These categories are: Speed, occupant safety, lane usage, impaired driving and distracted driving.

OSP is also urging motorists to plan their travel time to incorporate heavy traffic volumes and allowing extra time to reach their destination

To help with travel planning, the Oregon Department of Transportation posts route and traffic information on the website at www.tripcheck.com.

OSP tips for being on the road this weekend include:

• Be prepared in the event you become stuck — carry water, food, and blankets.

• Have a designated driver if you plan on consuming intoxicants.

• Put the distractions away. Pull over to use a handheld electronic device, ask as passenger to help or wait until you have arrived at your destination to use them.

• Watch your speed — driving faster you will fatigue more and burn more fuel, which is harmful to the environment.

• Get rested before you travel.

• Wear your safety belt and ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained as well.

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