North Clatsop County agencies are teaming up in Astoria and Warrenton along with the Oregon State Police, for the Thanksgiving (November 22nd to December 2nd) Oregon Impact High Visibility Enforcement for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants Enforcement. The enforecemnt effort dovetails with high priority drunk driving enforcement along the west coast
As part of the High Visibility Enforcement Clatsop County Agencies with have extra DUII patrol officers patrolling the roadways around the Thanksgiving weekend. Astoria and Warrenton Police Department will have extra officers on State grant overtime increasing the number of officers on the streets aggressively seeking out drunk drivers.
Starting Wednesday evening, November 27, state law enforcement officers from San Diego, California, through Oregon, and up to Bellingham, Washington, will be targeting education and enforcement efforts on the road. Using a mix of education outreach and enforcement to get voluntary compliance of traffic laws, the message will kick off one of the busiest travel times of the year on our nation's highways during the Thanksgiving Holiday (6 p.m., Wednesday, November 27, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 1).
"Our goal is simple. To save lives" said Astoria Police Sergeant Eric Halverson. "Whatever you drive, if you're drunk, you will be arrested."
The public can help keep the thanksgiving holiday a safe one. If you suspect someone is impaired, or involved in the unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, please call 503-325-4411 or call 911 if it appears to be an emergency. Also if you plan to drink during your celebration, plan for a sober ride home.
Leaders of the three state police agencies along the west coast are issuing a challenge to drivers: Arrive Alive on I-5 this holiday weekend.
On Monday, November 25, 2013, the leaders from California Highway Patrol (CHP), Washington State Patrol (WSP), and Oregon State Police (OSP) announced they are joining forces for the "I-5 Challenge" encouraging drivers to get through the Thanksgiving Holiday extended weekend with zero fatalities on Interstate 5.
CHP, WSP and OSP officers will focus on traffic collision-causing violations that are known to be factors that often lead to tragedies and end in people not arriving safely to their destinations. Speed, aggressive and distracted driving often top the list, along with driving while impaired and failing to use safety belts and child safety seats.
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