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Interagency Enforcement Effort for Jordan Valley Rodeo Weekend
05/12/2009
Sergeant Jason Reese
Oregon State Police - Ontario
Office: (541) 889-6469 ext. 712

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Malheur County sheriff deputies will be working in partnership with Idaho State Police targeting dangerous and impaired drivers traveling through and to the Jordan Valley area during this weekend's 'Jordan Valley Rodeo'.
 
Starting Friday, May 15th, and running through Sunday, May 17th, the enhanced interagency patrol effort goal is to focus on driver-related problems that are known factors leading to traffic crashes. The highest priority will be finding and removing intoxicated drivers off the road while also keeping an active, visible enforcement presence to discourage speeding and other dangerous driving, and to assist motorists when needed," said OSP Ontario Area Command Sergeant Jason Reese.
 
"Anticipated warmer weather and the rodeo festivities will be a big draw to this area so we want do what we can to keep our area roads safe from those whose negligent, careless or reckless driving endangers others," said Reese.
 
Troopers and deputies main enforcement focus will be on Highway 95, the main route into and out of the Jordan Valley area. Reese emphasized it should be no surprise to those who regularly travel on that highway in Oregon and Idaho that there would be an increased enforcement presence for a significant community event such as the Jordan Valley Rodeo. In addition to the focused impaired and aggressive driver enforcement, troopers and deputies will also be on the lookout for safety restraint violations, open containers of alcohol in vehicles, and fatigued drivers.
 
"Traffic safety doesn't take a back seat just because this is happening in one of our smaller communities. This is important for the local community and it is important for public safety agencies to pool our resources together to prevent a tragedy from ruining this weekend's special event," Reese said.
 
OSP and Malheur County Sheriff's Office encourage the reporting of dangerous and impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 or from a cell phone in Idaho using the REDDI (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately) hotline - *ISP.