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Malheur County Multi-Agency Enforcement Patrol - June 20 & 21
06/12/2008
Sergeant Mark Duncan
Oregon State Police - Ontario
Office: (541) 889-6469 ext. 711

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Oregon's latest tool to help keep intoxicated drivers off our highways will make its first appearance in Malheur County to assist area law enforcement agencies next weekend during a multi-agency DUII enhanced patrol effort. The public is also invited to see this new tool, have their child safety seats inspected, talk with area police officers about impaired driving dangers, and meet with a drug dog and handler who team together to keep illegal drugs from reaching their community.
 
Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Police Department, and Nyssa Police Department will conduct the coordinated multi-agency DUII patrol effort June 20th and 21st coinciding with the Nyssa Rodeo and National Old Time Fiddlers Festival in Weiser, Idaho. The goal of the enhanced patrol effort in northern Malheur County is to prevent injuries and fatalities from motor vehicle crashes and apprehend intoxicated drivers from area roads.
 
Next weekend's multi-agency DUII patrols will be aided by the Mobile DUII Processing Center (MDPC) motor home purchased and rolled out about one year ago through a $171,000 grant from ODOT's Transportation Safety Division. Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and other law enforcement agencies and partners worked together to find this creative solution to help process arrested DUII drivers and get officers back on the road quicker.
 
This collaborative effort led to the purchase of the 2007 36-foot Winnebago Voyage motor home retrofitted with 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, two temporary holding cells, emergency supplies, cell phones and radio communications equipment.
 
On Saturday, June 21st, from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. the Mobile DUII Processing Center motor home will be situated in the parking lot in front of The Home Depot located in Ontario. The public is invited to view the MDPC and:
  • Talk to local officers about impaired driving issues and enforcement
  • Meet one of OSP's drug dogs and handler
  • Make sure you have a properly installed child safety seat during the "Safe Kids" Malheur County Child Safety Seat Check
 
(Media Note: A briefing for local media with OSP Sergeant Mark Duncan will be held June 21st at 1:00 p.m. at The Home Depot parking lot. Any media ride-alongs with OSP troopers may be approved following completion of OSP Ride-Along forms)