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Police set to enhance DUII patrols for holiday weekend

WL police working alongside ODOT, other local agencies


The West Linn Police Department will be working in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and other local agencies in putting additional officers on the road for DUII patrols during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday week.

Funding is provided by a grant from the ODOT. Last year in Oregon, four people died in four separate traffic crashes during the 102-hour Fourth of July holiday period.

Officers will also be looking for distracted drivers who are texting and using their cellphones, as well as enforcing speed laws. While death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, police warned that there are other consequences that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer and court costs, and insurance hikes.

WLPD offers these safety tips for motorists:

n Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

n Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.

n Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.

n Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

n Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.

n Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.

n Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).

n Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.

n Move over if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

For additional information, contact Sgt. Wade Corbin at the West Linn Police Department at 503-655-6214.

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