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Gresham Police increase watch for impaired drivers over Thanksgiving holiday


Cops offer tips to reduce drunken driving

Gresham Police want to cut down on druken drivers so that nobody gets hurt and nobody goes to jail.

The department is taking part in a nationwide traffic safety campaign focused on impaired drivers and will perform enhanced DUII focused patrols Nov. 22 through Dec. 2 in an effort to remove impaired rivers from city streets.

Drunk driving, impaired driving and “buzzed” driving can all claim lives and cause the impaired driver to be arrested and go to jail.

“Impaired driving is not an accident. It is a deliberate action that places the driver and others at substantial risk of serious injury or death,” according to a press release issued by the department.

The campaign aims to keep people from driving while drunk or impaired by using high-visibility enforcement and putting more officers on the street where they will actively be looking to identify and stop impaired drivers.

The campaign is supported by grants from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Impact Oregon.

Citizens can help lower the number of impaired drivers on the road by doing the following:

• Stop alcohol service long before an event is over.

• Prepare for guests to stay the night or call a cab for an impaired guest.

• Choose a responsible designated driver.

• Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol.

• Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks.

• Report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1.