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"If you're having any questions at all about driving, you shouldn't be driving."

Trooper Adam Walport issues a ticket for a traffic violation between Gold Hill and Central Point. Walport has been recognized as DUII Enforcement Officer of the year for the state of Oregon. - Julia Moore

OREGON - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is calling the 4th of July one of America's deadliest holidays, and many people who celebrate the holiday with alcohol. Unfortunately, those people tend to get behind the wheel as well.

Our own Kelsey Christensen rode along with Springfield Police on the holiday, hoping to see who they say they'll be on the lookout for in the evening.

Officer Eric Pardee, with the Springfield Police, says that the legal limit to drive is a blood alcohol content of .08 percent, but you can still get arrested for driving under the legal limit.

"Some people don't handle alcohol as well as others, and they're impaired before they reach that .08 limit," said Pardee.

He says that if you are driving, trust your instincts if you think you've had too much to drink.

"If you're having any questions at all about driving, you shouldn't be driving," said Pardee. "It's simply not worth it."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 188 people were killed in crashed involving alcohol in 2016, which was up 29 percent from 2015. Here in Oregon, we also have to look out for drivers that are impaired from marijuana as well.

Because of this, it's important to be a sober driver, because you could be walking the line and ending up behind bars, or worse, taking a life.

Springfield Police say that there will be extra patrols out on Wednesday night to try and keep the roads safe.

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