Friday, April 28, 2017

Benton County Sheriff's Office May Saturation Patrols

BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAY SATURATION PATROLS


News Release from Benton Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 8:20 PM
Downloadable file: 4.28.17_PR.pdf
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office continues to participate in extra patrol for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Seat Belt, and Distracted Driver Enforcement.

During the scheduled DUII saturation patrol for the marijuana user's holiday surrounding April 20, 2017, deputies working regular patrol and extra DUII patrol, stopped drivers for traffic violations. There were no drivers arrested for DUII, and no traffic crashes reported. There was one misdemeanor warrant served.

The next saturation patrol for seat belts and is scheduled May 15-28, 2017. Throughout these days and nights, deputies will be targeting those not wearing their seat belts, minors riding in pickup beds. Benton County Sheriff's Office Deputies will be driving marked and unmarked patrol vehicles and will also target distracted drivers committing violations, specifically using their cell phones while driving. This violation has caused numerous crashes, and at least two fatalities within the last few years in Benton County.

A DUII saturation patrol is then slated May 25-29, 2017, to coincide with Memorial Day. This weekend is historically a busy vacation time with travelers coming to, leaving from, or passing through Benton County on our roadways. With the celebration, sometimes comes the use of alcohol and/or controlled substances. Please help keep our roadways safe by not mixing these with driving, and avoid being arrested or hurting someone.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the number of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the streets and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more information on impaired driving, visit https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_or.pdf or http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/impaireddrivingprogram.aspx
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