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Local agencies step up holiday enforcement

Sheriff's deputies will be out in force this weekend.

Regional sheriff's offices, working with local police agencies, will be targeting intoxicated drivers on their respective roadways this holiday season.

Sheriff's deputies will be out in force this weekend working in a joint effort to identify and jail intoxicated drivers throughout Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties.

The sheriffs have continued this partnership for the past three years and have found the use of combined resources enhances public safety, according to Sgt. David Thompson, of the Washington County Sheriff's office.

Every year around the holidays, the Washington County Sheriff's Office increases the number of deputies on the road looking for DUII drivers. This is to prevent crashes, injuries, and deaths due to DUII drivers on our roadways, Thompson said.

Thompson said that by occasionally combining resources with the surrounding Oregon counties, the agencies assure that the mission of each office and the public will be well served.

Over the Christmas weekend, sheriff's deputies in Washington County arrested nine people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Forest Grove officers made three such arrests.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported 28 DUII arrests, down from 36 DUII arrests.

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, sheriff's deputies in Washington County arrested 16 people for DUII.

With many holiday gatherings and parties taking place over the next week, Thompson said it is important to remember that much of the tragedy that comes from drunk driving could be prevented. He suggests a few simple precautions:

• If you plan to drink alcohol with friends or family designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.

• If you are hosting a party where alcohol is being served, collect keys at the beginning of the party and only give them back to sober drivers.

• If you're impaired, call a taxi, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

• Wear your seat belt while in a car or use a helmet and protective gear when riding a motorcycle as these are your best defenses in a crash.

• And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.

• Report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

• Be rested, alert, slow down and stay up to date on road and weather conditions by visiting www.TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.