News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: August 8, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
UPDATE (Sept. 11, 2017): SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES DUII ARRESTS DURING 'DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER' ENFORCEMENT EFFORT ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office joined many other local and state police agencies participating in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement effort, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The national enforcement effort lasted from Aug. 18 through Sept. 3, 2017, and led to the arrest of 30 people in Clackamas County alone. This number is up from 2016, which had 17 arrests in the same time period.
The special patrols nationwide were solely focused on locating and arresting impaired drivers -- with the hope of reducing the chance of an impaired driver causing traffic crash or fatality.
This upcoming Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-4, 2017), the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols with an 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 Sheriff's Office once again wants to remind people that if you are going to use impairing substances, please plan ahead -- and have a designated driver. The alternative is an arrest for failing to follow the law and driving impaired. Impaired driving can cost you your freedom and thousands of dollars, but it could also take the life of an innocent person.
Please enjoy your time with friends and family this upcoming holiday, have a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend.
EARLIER (Aug. 17, 2017): ENHANCED PATROLS TO CONTINUE THROUGH LABOR DAY WEEKEND
The Sheriff's Office is extending its enhanced patrols through the Labor Day holiday weekend (Sept. 1-4, 2017), and urges the public to drink responsibly as the summer season comes to a close.
EARLIER (Aug. 8, 2017): Sheriff's Office increases patrols in August to target impaired-driver crashes
This month (August 2017), the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols with an emphasis on reducing impaired-driver crashes.
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 is increasing patrols this month as part of its effort to help avoid these completely preventable tragedies.
Many of these patrols will be focusing on the many roadways near the waterways within Clackamas County. Please remember that excessive alcohol and watersports are a potentially dangerous combination. Please exercise extreme caution if using impairing substances while also enjoying the many aquatic resources in the area -- and if you do use an impairing substance, please have a sober driver and boat operator.
The Sheriff's Office reminds citizens it serves 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 summer break begins to wind down, and please drive safe and sober.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office