News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Over the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols with an emphasis on reducing impaired-driver crashes.
The goal of these extra patrols: zero traffic fatalities during this year's holiday celebration.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every day 28 people lose their life to an alcohol-related traffic crash. 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.
The Sheriff's Office wants to help stop these completely preventable tragedies -- and reminds citizens across Oregon that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired driving.
If you or those around you drink alcohol and/or consume other impairing substances -- including 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 enjoy your time with friends and family this upcoming holiday, and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office