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Interagency Enforcement Efforts Arrest 11 DUII Drivers During DuneFest 2010 Weekend
08/09/2010
Lieutenant Steve Smartt
Oregon State Police - Coos Bay
(541) 888-2677

Interagency enforcement efforts paid off during this year's annual DuneFest 2010 on the southern Oregon coast as Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) deputies reported eleven DUII drivers off the sand and area highways over the weekend.
 
The extremely popular DuneFest 2010 was held August 4 – 8 in the Winchester Bay area, drawing thousands of sand recreation enthusiasts. Working together to help meet the festival's slogan – "The Most Fun a Family Can Have" – troopers and deputies targeted intoxicated and other dangerous drivers. DCSO deputies arrested eight DUII drivers off the sand and OSP troopers arrested three more on area highways.
 
An enhanced enforcement patrol effort focused on Highway 38 to handle heavy traffic coming from the valley area. Troopers stopped and cited nearly 200 drivers for various traffic and speed violations including one driver who was cited for traveling 92 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. Troopers were dispatched to only one minor injury crash over the weekend on that highway.
 
Law enforcement agencies were supported at DuneFest during the weekend by the presence and use of the Mobile DUII Processing Center (MDPC), a 2007 36-foot Winnebago Voyage motorhome retrofitted with equipment necessary to test and process intoxicated drivers.
 
DCSO Sergeant Jeff Frieze was very appreciative of having the MDPC motorhome on site. "Having the DUII processing center available kept our deputies from having to transport their arrests to Reedsport, saving them a great deal of time and keeping them on the sand where they were needed," said Frieze.