Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sheriff's Office increases road, water patrols to target impaired-driver crashes

SHERIFF'S OFFICE INCREASES ROAD, WATER PATROLS TO TARGET IMPAIRED-DRIVER CRASHES


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 8th, 2017 11:33 AM
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.

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