This July the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office continues to provide increased patrols with the emphasis on reducing impaired driver crashes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over the 2016 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 188 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving at least one driver with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) over a .08. This was a 28% increase from 2015. Nearly half of these fatal incidents involved a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or higher.
It is the goal of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to help avoid these completely preventable tragedies -- not just on holiday weekends, but throughout the month.
We want to continue to remind people to please exercise extreme caution if using impairing substances while also enjoying the many aquatic resources in the area, and if you do use impairing substance please have a sober driver and boat operator.
The men and women of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens across Oregon, that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired drivers. If you witness impaired driving, don’t hesitate to report it to your local authorities — it may save a life.
Please enjoy your time with friends and family as summer weather continues to improve, and please drive safe and sober.