Safety patrols stepped up during spring break week

As part of a concerted effort to keep roads safe at the outset of spring break, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested six people in a two-hour period late Friday night into early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Deputies performed several traffic stops and responded to two crashes between 1:20 and 3:10 a.m. on Saturday. The following were arrested for DUII and lodged in the Washington County Jail:

• Jennifer Asher, 34, of Portland

• Peter Wilkins, 19, of Lake Oswego

• Manuel Contreras, 23, of Hillsboro

• Jeremy Cannon, 24, of Portland

• Bryan Wallace, 24, of Hillsboro

• Juan Salamanca-Vargas, 38, of Portland.

The sheriff's office has a long history of commitment to impaired driving enforcement and receives grant money to increase directed patrols to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on the road. Enhanced DUII enforcement efforts can significantly reduce alcohol-related fatalities as much as 34 percent, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study.

The sheriff's office advises citizens to not drive after consumption of alcohol or drugs and encourages citizens to arrange alternate transportation.

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