News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: July 3, 2016, 8:10 p.m.
CCSO to perform enhanced DUII patrols during month of July
Photo: Deputies performing SFSTs
This July, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols with the emphasis on reducing impaired driving crashes.
In the month of June, CCSO arrested approximately 41 people for driving while intoxicated, and responded to at least one car crash where impaired driving contributed to multiple deaths.
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. Additionally, impaired driver crashes accounted for 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrols every weekend this month, starting with this Independence Day weekend. These patrol units will be focusing on the many roadways in Clackamas County, including those near the popular waterways within Clackamas County.
If you or a loved one chooses to enjoy our scenic roadways or waterways, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public that consuming alcohol, or any other impairing substance, multiplies the chances for a traffic crash resulting in deaths. Additionally, operating a boat or even floating the river on certain "rafts" while under the influence, can land you in jail for boating under the influence; a crime that carries the same penalties of driving a vehicle while intoxicated.
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.
We wish you all a happy and safe Independence Day, and a happy rest of your summer.
Deputy Hayden Sanders
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office