Both the Forest Grove and Cornelius police departments will have officers out looking for drunk drivers during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

As part of a high-visibility traffic enforcement detail, Forest Grove officers are hoping to combat an “increasingly dangerous problem,” said Capt. Mike Herb. “Our agency will be joining other law enforcement agencies across the state in cracking down on impaired drivers with the simple goal of saving lives and reducing property damage. If you drive and you’re drunk, you will be arrested.”

A first-time DUII conviction can result in up to a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines and fees.

Forest Grove Police will be planning other high-visibility patrols in the coming year.

In Cornelius, additional officers will be targeting impaired driving this Thanksgiving in one of two targeted enforcement periods prior to Jan. 1.

Lt. Joe Noffsinger notes that drunk drivers killed 10,322 people in 2012 and he encouraged citizens to use designated drivers and drive responsibly.

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