The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has continued to increase its patrols in August 2019, with a focus on reducing impaired-driver crashes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed as a result of impaired driving crashes. This staggering statistic amounts to one alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. Nationally, impaired-driver crashes accounted for 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014.
It is the goal of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to help avoid these completely preventable tragedies in August and beyond.
Many of these patrols will be focusing on roadways near waterways within Clackamas County. Excessive alcohol is potentially dangerous when combined with water recreation. Please use extreme caution if using impairing substances while also enjoying Clackamas County's aquatic resources —and if you do use impairing substances, please have a sober driver and boat operator.
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 break begins to wind down, and please drive safe and sober.
Sgt. Marcus Mendoza
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Public Information Unit