According to data compiled by the Oregon Department of Transportation, two people in Oregon died from injuries in traffic crashes between 6 p.m. Dec. 23 and 11:59 Dec. 26 in 2010.

According to data compiled by the Oregon Department of Transportation, two people in Oregon died from injuries in traffic crashes between 6 p.m. Dec. 23 and 11:59 Dec. 26 in 2010.

Police hope that will change this year and will have extra patrols on the road during the same 78-hour reporting period to make sure drunk driving doesn't increase that risk.

"The message is simple: drive sober or get pulled over," said Oregon State Police Capt. Mike Dingeman. "Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you are going to drink, don't get behind the wheel of a vehicle or ride a motorcycle."

Those planning to drink should plan ahead, law enforcement officials said, and should either designate a sober driver or arrange for a taxi to pick them up.

Motorists should also buckle up and drive defensively.