News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 2:07 p.m.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office joined local and state police agencies to increase impaired-driving patrols as part of a national campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The national enhanced-patrols campaign lasted from Dec. 13, 2017 through Jan. 2, 2018. Sheriff's Office deputies were assigned to special patrols with a sole focus on looking for impaired drivers -- with the hope of reducing the chances those impaired drivers would cause a traffic crash or fatality. This led to the arrest of 41 people in Clackamas County alone.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed in impaired driving crashes. This amounts to one alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. This accounts for 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014 nationwide -- and is especially sad because this is a completely preventable tragedy.
Prior to beginning this enhanced-enforcement effort. we asked in a press release that people who drink and/or consume other impairing substances -- including marijuana -- make prior transportation plans. Thanks to those who accepted this responsibility, helping make 2017's holiday season a safe one for everyone who shares our roadways.
The Sheriff's Office encourages anyone who sees an impaired driver to call 911. Extra enforcement patrols will continue for the month of January.
DUII is a completely preventable crime. Impaired drivers are a risk to everyone, and drivers have a responsibility to not get behind the wheel after consuming any type of intoxicant.
Learn more about the NHTSA's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign here.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office