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Tigard Police plan extra enforcement this Thanksgiving

The Tigard Police Department is stepping up its traffic enforcement this week to keep drivers safe.

Police will have additional officers on the roads through Dec. 2, the police department reported late last week.

Tigard Police will be especially visible throughout the approaching holiday season and around planned major televised sporting events this winter, including the Super Bowl and college bowl games, the department said in a statement this week.

The extra patrol officers will be primarily focused on arresting impaired drivers. Alcohol-impaired crashes killed more than 10,000 people across the country last year, the department said. That is one every 51 minutes.

Tigard Police recommend that people plan ahead before they get behind the wheel.

“If you become impaired, don’t drive — call for a sober driver, taxi or use mass transit to get home safely,” said police spokesman Jim Wolf. “If you notice an impaired driver; call 911 immediately to report it.”

The officers are provided by cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which provided grant funding to promote high visibility enforcement.

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