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Mobile DUII Processing Center Motorhome Rolling into Corvallis for OSU Homecoming Weekend
10/27/2008
Sergeant Vonn Scheicher
Oregon State Police – OSU
Office: (541) 737-3010

 
Lieutenant David Henslee
Corvallis Police Department
Office: (541) 766-6924

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As thousands of football fans and former Oregon State University (OSU) students arrive in Corvallis for Homecoming weekend and Halloween night, a different type of motorhome will roll into town not to tailgate but to help keep intoxicated drivers off area roads.
 
Starting Thursday, October 30th, Corvallis police, Benton County sheriff deputies, and Oregon State Police troopers will step up enforcement efforts to find and remove intoxicated drivers during the next three nights through OSU Homecoming weekend. To help area police agencies, a 2007 36-foot Winnebago Voyage motorhome retrofitted with equipment necessary to test and process intoxicated drivers will be in town through the weekend.
 
"We anticipate a very busy weekend starting with ‘Thirsty Thursday', followed by Halloween night and then Homecoming-related activities and the nighttime football game hosting 50,000 plus football fans," said OSP Sergeant Vonn Schleicher. "The MDPC will help process DUII drivers quicker and get officers back out onto the road faster to find the next impaired driver hopefully before they are involved in a crash."
 
ODOT Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data reveals a sobering reminder and startling statistic that 100 percent of the traffic fatalities in Oregon on Halloween night between 1998 and 2007 happened in alcohol involved traffic crashes. During that ten year period, eight people died.
 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 44 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6:00 pm, October 31st to 5:59 am, November 1st) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state.
 
Over 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. The Mobile DUII Processing Center (MDPC) motor home was purchased through a $171,000 grant from ODOTs Transportation Safety Division and is equipped with 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.
 
Since acquiring the MDPC, it has traveled to many areas of the State to assist law enforcement agencies with processing DUII drivers including the Wasco County Fair in Tygh Valley, DunesFest in Reedsport area, Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel, Klamath Falls and Portland.