News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016, 6:16 a.m.
During the holiday season the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be participating in a national event with the emphasis of reducing impaired driver crashes.
From Dec. 28 to Jan. 3, 2016, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be providing extra Patrol deputies on the roadways whose goal will be impaired driver enforcement. The hope of these deputies will be to find impaired drivers and arrest them, thus taking them off the road with the hope of reducing the chance of an impaired driver caused traffic fatality or crash. This is part of a national effort to reduce impaired driving incidents in the hope that no family's holiday season will be devastated by the loss of a loved one due to an impaired driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed in impaired driving crashes, which amounts to 1 alcohol impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. At the national level this unfortunately still accounts for 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014, and is especially sad because this is a completely preventable tragedy.
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 or those around you drink alcohol and/or consume other impairing substances, such as marijuana, please make responsible transportation plans. 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 this upcoming holiday.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office