From Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 54 impaired drivers who were under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both.

Forest Grove officers made five arrests during that period. Cornelius officers also made five arrests and issued 75 citations.

The Hillsboro Police Department arrested 15 people during the same time period.

The holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of impaired drivers on the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 86 of the 336 traffic fatalities in Oregon during 2012 involved an impaired driver. More people are killed in crashes involving impaired drivers in December than any other month.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office tried to lower that statistic with aggressive enforcement, media releases and billboards encouraging people to designate a driver during the holiday season.

Forest Grove Police specifically worked a high-visibility enforcement patrol Dec. 20 and 21, which was partially funded with grant money, according to Capt. Mike Herb. Out of more than 40 traffic stops, officers made three DUII arrests, cited four drivers for driving while suspended, and arrested one driver for drug possession and another for providing false information to a police officer. They also cited four minors for being in possession of alcohol.

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