News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Throughout the month of April, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office increased patrols to reduce impaired driver crashes.
Last month, these patrols helped the Sheriff's Office remove 47 suspected impaired drivers from the roadway.
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.
The Sheriff's Office enhanced patrols are designed with the goal of heading off these completely preventable tragedies.
We want to continue to remind people to please exercise extreme caution if using impairing substances on the water, while enjoying Clackamas County's many waterways -- and if you do use impairing substances, please have a sober driver and boat operator.
The Sheriff's Office reminds citizens 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.
Please enjoy your time with friends and family as spring weather begins to improve, and please drive safe and sober.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office