Salem - Police officers statewide will intensify efforts Friday as part of a national drunk driving campaign.
The Oregon Governor's Advisory Committee on Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, supports the campaign in conjunction with the Oregon State Police, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
It will run through Labor Day.
Driving under the influence is one of America's deadliest crimes. In Oregon last year, 136 people lost their lives in alcohol-impaired crashes, reports ODOT. During the 2008 Labor Day weekend alone, nine people died in crashes involving alcohol or drugs. Nationwide in 2008, nearly 12,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
The Labor Day holiday period historically is the second deadliest on Oregon roads of all the holiday periods throughout the year.
Last year during the Labor Day holiday period, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, OSP troopers reported 87 DUII arrests. This was an increase from the 2007 and 2006 Labor Day holiday weekends when troopers arrested 78 intoxicated drivers each year.