February 9, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Highlighted by no reported fatal or injury crashes involving an impaired driving during the night in the area, participating Lane County-area police agencies involved in Friday night's DUII enhanced enforcement patrol effort considered the project a success. The five participating law enforcement agencies reported the arrests of 19 drivers for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), thirteen of which were made by officers assigned to the interagency enforcement effort, along with the issuance of 28 other citations and over 100 warnings.
The five participating law enforcement agencies reported the following DUII arrests Friday night, February 8, into Saturday morning, February 9:
Oregon State Police - 6 DUII arrests (all associated with the interagency effort) Eugene Police Department - 5 DUII arrests (2 associated) Springfield Police Department - 5 DUII arrests (3 associated) Junction City Police Department - 2 DUII arrests (1 associated) Lane County Sheriff's Office - 1 DUII arrest (1 associated)
"We are very grateful for the teamwork of all the officers from each participating agency which was instrumental to the success of this event," said OSP Trooper Evan Sether. "Most importantly, none of the participating agencies reported a fatal or injury collision involving an impaired driver, and we hope our pre-announcement backed by the highly visibility enforcement effort deterred many people from making the dangerous decision to drive impaired."
Coordinators anticipate future organized inter-agency enforcement efforts around holidays and special events in the Lane County area. All of the participating agencies urge drivers to make a plan before consuming intoxicants and stick to it. Use Safe-Ride alternative services, taxis, public transportation, or designate a sober driver for your group beforehand.