News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 8:46 a.m.
This upcoming Labor Day weekend, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols with the emphasis on reducing impaired driver crashes.
The goal of these extra patrols will be zero traffic fatalities during this year's holiday weekend, and the days leading up to it.
The way we hope to achieve this goal is to first remind people that if you are going to use impairing substances, please plan ahead and have a designated driver. The second way will be arresting those who drive impaired.
Please remember that driving impaired can not only cost you your freedom and thousands of dollars, but could also take the life of an innocent person.
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 this upcoming Labor Day.
The men and women of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would again like to remind citizens across Oregon, that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired driver crashes. If you or those around you drink alcohol and/or consume other impairing substances, such as marijuana, please make responsible transportation plans.
And if you witness impaired driving, don't hesitate to report it to your local authorities -- it may save a life.
Please remember the crime of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is completely preventable, and if not prevented, can have devastating effects on everyone involved. Please enjoy your time with friends and family this upcoming holiday, have a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office