Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Seatbelt, Distracted Driver, and DUII Saturation Patrols


News Release from Benton Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: May 31st, 2017 2:11 PM
Downloadable file: DUII_saturation_5.31.17.docx.pdf
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in extra seatbelt and distracted driver saturation patrols in Benton County on May 15 through May 28, 2017. During those dates, deputies issued a total of 144 traffic citations including 74 for speeding, 21 for Driving While Suspended, two for seatbelt violations, and 50 other citations for drivers on their cell phones, failing to obey a traffic control device, and others.

During the DUII saturation patrol May 25 through 29, deputies responded to regular calls for service, as well as extra patrol. During those dates, deputies arrested three for DUII (one DUII drugs, over 21 years of age, and 2 for DUII Drugs, 21 years of age). Deputies arrested three for Reckless Driving, eight counts of Reckless Endangering, one for Attempt to Elude, 12 for Possession of Controlled Substances, two for Minor in Possession of Alcohol/Marijuana, and eight arrest warrants were served. Deputies issued 65 traffic citations during those dates, and investigated five traffic crashes.

BCSO's next DUII Saturation Patrols are scheduled for June 29 through July 5, 2017, to coincide with the Fourth of July Weekend (Independence Day). DUII Saturation patrol will continue from July 6 through 10, 2017, to coincide with the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo. Benton County Sheriff's Office will be targeting DUII Alcohol, Controlled Substances, and Inhalants.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers. Benton County Sheriff's Office currently has four Certified Drug Recognition Experts in evaluating those impaired under the DUII statute.

If you choose to use impairing substances and drive, deputies have the tools and training to arrest and remove impaired drivers from our roadways to save lives. Deputies will then use that evidence in the courtroom effectively.

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