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Mobile DUII Processing Motor Home Helps Process and Educate in Seneca
06/02/2008
Sergeant Gordon Larson
Oregon State Police - John Day
Office: (541) 575-1363

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Three intoxicated drivers got a close-up view of Oregon's newest tool to keep intoxicated drivers off our highways during last weekend's Seneca Oyster Feed. The event was also an opportunity to educate local school children about the dangers of drinking and driving with a tour before the weekend.
 
On Friday May 30th and Saturday May 31st, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from John Day, Burns and Ontario offices conducted a saturation patrol on US Highway 395 between John Day and Burns during the Seneca Oyster Feed. Troopers were joined by law enforcement officers from Harney County Sheriffs Office, John Day Police Department and the US Forest Service.
 
The Mobile DUII Processing Center (MDPC) motor home was brought to the event and parked at the ODOT shop in Seneca to help process arrested intoxicated drivers on site and get officers back onto area highways faster. More than 100 people toured the MDPC and learned about its capabilities, and on Friday Seneca grade school children were given a tour and learned about the dangers of drinking and driving.
 
Over the weekend officers stopped nearly 90 motorists leading to the arrest of 3 DUII drivers, one arrest for felony probation violation, 12 speed and safety restraint citations, and 79 warnings for traffic violations. Four disabled motorists were assisted on area highways.
 
About one year ago, Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and other law enforcement agencies and partners rolled out a creative solution to help facilitate the processing of arrested DUII drivers and help get officers back on the road quicker. Through a $171,000 grant from ODOTs Transportation Safety Division, a 2007 36-foot Winnebago Voyage motor home was purchased with retrofitted equipment necessary to test and process intoxicated drivers.

 
The MDPC equipment includes three Intoxilyzer Model 8000 breath-alcohol testing equipment, three work stations with laptops and printers, and two temporary holding cells. The unit also includes emergency supplies, cell phones and radio communications equipment.