News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: March 17, 2017, 3:29 p.m.
During the month of March 2017 -- and especially on St. Patrick's Day weekend -- the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols with an emphasis on reducing impaired-driver crashes.
The goal of these extra patrols is to have zero traffic fatalities during this year's holiday celebration.
The enforcement effort is a continuation of CCSO's participation in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The effort helped contribute to the 50 people who were arrested on DUII charges by Clackamas County deputies in February 2017.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every day 28 people lose their lives in alcohol-related traffic crashes. This staggering statistic amounts to one alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. This makes the chance of a person being involved in an alcohol-related crash 1 in 3 through a lifetime.
It is the goal of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to help avoid these completely preventable tragedies on St. Patrick's Day.
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, including 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 and have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office