News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: July 9, 2013, 1:59 p.m.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office joins fellow agencies to conduct drunk-driving saturation patrols over July 4 holiday week -- and gets results

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office joined forces with the Multnomah, Marion and Yamhill County Sheriff's Offices for the Multi-County DUII Saturation Patrols from Saturday-Friday, June 29 to July 5, 2013.

The "saturation patrol" mission statement: Work together to arrest any and all believed to be driving under the influence, while also enforcing other traffic laws to increase roadway safety.

Total stats from the Saturation Patrols for the Clackamas, Multnomah, Marion and Yamhill County Sheriff's Offices:

  • Total Number of Contacts, June 29 to July 5: 843
  • Total Number of Citations/Infractions: 505
  • DUI Arrests (involving both drugs and alcohol): 31
  • Seatbelt Infractions: 33
  • Seatbelt Warnings: 4
  • Child Passenger Safety Infractions: 1
  • Child Passenger Safety Warnings: 2
  • Speeding Infractions: 310
  • Suspended/Revoked Licenses: 59
  • Uninsured Motorists: 66
  • Other Alcohol Related Arrests (for example: MIP, open container, furnishing liquor to a minor): 7
  • Drug-related Arrests (all drug arrests other than DUI, including possession and sale/distribution): 8
  • Misdemeanor Warrant Arrests: 47
  • Felony Arrests: 20
  • Recovered Stolen Vehicles: 3
  • Aggressive Driving Infractions: 21
  • Other (including Hit & Run, Failure to Present Driver's License): 251


In Clackamas County, over 10 percent of all reported crashes are alcohol-related; this percentage increases during the summer months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Of the 1,210 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2010, 211 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • Of the 211 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010, over half (131) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
  • In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That's one percent of the 112 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
  • Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol.

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Contact Info:
Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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