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Multi-Agency DUII Enforcement Crackdown New Year's Eve Night in Douglas County
12/31/2008
Sergeant Steve J. Mitchell
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Office: (541) 440-3347

Douglas County area law enforcement agencies are teaming together New Year's Eve night in a multi-agency DUII enforcement crackdown to find and remove intoxicated drivers from area roads. Oregon State Police, Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Winston Police Department, and Sutherlin Police Department will focus on Interstate 5 and area roads with the assistance of the Mobile DUII Processing Center (MDPC) motorhome.
 
According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Steve Mitchell, the MDPC will assist the multi-agency enforcement starting Wednesday night, December 31st, through Thursday morning, January 1st. The MDPC helps police officers process arrested DUII drivers and get them back out on the road sooner looking for the other impaired drivers.
 
"Planning ahead, stepping up to be a designated driver, and being on the lookout for intoxicated drivers will help you and others on our area roads," said Mitchell.
 
A national study released last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed the daily death toll from impaired driving crashes during the Christmas and New Year's holiday periods is significantly more than for the rest of the year. The report showed from 2001 - 2005, an average of 36 fatalities occurred per day on America's roadways as a result of crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. That number increased to 45 per day during the Christmas period and to 54 per day over the New Year's holiday.
 
Douglas County-area law enforcement agencies, ODOT, Douglas County District Attorney's Office and Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission urge holiday travelers and those planning on going out tonight to remember these tips:
 
* Don't drink and drive, and don't ride with anyone who has had too much to drink.
* Never use illegal drugs.
* Volunteer to be a designated driver.
* If someone who has been drinking insists on driving, take his/her keys.
* If hosting a gathering, provide non-alcoholic beverages.
* Always use safety restraints.
* Avoid travel after midnight, especially on weekends or holidays.
* Drive defensively at all times.
* Report any suspected impaired driver by calling 9-1-1 or 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).
 
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