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Mobile DUII Processing Center Motorhome Rolling to Wasco County Fair
08/08/2008
Lieutenant Patrick Ashmore
Sergeant Julie Wilcox
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
Office: (541) 296-9646

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Oregon's latest tool to help keep intoxicated drivers off our highways will be making its first visit in Wasco County to help area law enforcement agencies during the Wasco County Fair, August 15th and 16th, in Tygh Valley. The interagency enforcement effort is during opening weekend of the national DUII Crackdown effort: Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

 
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 Mobile DUII Processing Center (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.

 
OSP Lieutenant Pat Ashmore requested the MDPC's involvement during this year's fair to help address alcohol-related incidents and keep a highly visible enforcement presence.
 
"Having the Mobile DUII Processing Center motor home on site will be a huge benefit to all law enforcement agencies because it will get officers back out on the road faster and keep them in the area instead of having to drive to over 20 miles to The Dalles to process intoxicated drivers," said Ashmore.
 
Oregon State Police, Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be coordinating enforcement efforts during the two-day fair.