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Police, deputies in force for Labor Day weekend

Drive sober or get pulled over, Tigard Police warn.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tigard Police and the Washington County Sheriff's office are planning extra patrols over the weekend to catch drunken drivers partying during Labor Day celebrations.Planning on partying this weekend? Tigard Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Office are warning drivers to be safe when they get behind the wheel.

The Tigard Police Department will have additional officers on patrol over the Labor Day holiday weekend to catch drunken drivers and aggressive drivers, the department said in a notification to media on Wednesday.

Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf said that the increased patrols were part of a nationwide effort through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to combat drunken driving.

Increased enforcement will begin Friday, Sept. 4 and continue through Sept. 8.

Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous holidays for crashes, thanks to busy roads and impaired drivers, said Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

About 10,000 people died from alcohol-impaired crashes across the U.S. last year, Wolf said.

"Drive sober or get pulled over," Wolf warned. "If the statistics surrounding impaired drivers isn't enough — the related penalties if caught will certainly be."

Wolf said that drivers should call 911 and report any drunken drivers on the roads.

"Together we can all make our roads safer," he said.

The extra patrols come amid the Sheriff's Office's current efforts to catch speeders, cellphone users and drivers not wearing seatbelts.

Since beginning the sting earlier this year, deputies have made about 100 stops each day relating to those infractions, Ray said, and issued about citations a day.

"Sheriff’s deputies will be looking for drivers that are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices along with seatbelt compliance checks," Ray said.

For more information about the extra patrols, visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.

By Geoff Pursinger
email: gpursinger@commnewspapers.com
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