By Heather Turner
BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — Get ready for extra eyes on the road this Memorial Day weekend. Deputies, troopers and officers are working together to catch drunk drivers.
While many are deciding what to do for Memorial Day weekend, Benton County sheriff’s deputies are asking you keep safe driving in mind, and they’ll be out in extra numbers to enforce it.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, along with other regional law enforcement agencies, will be taking part in extra DUII saturation patrol and enforcement this Memorial Day weekend.
Police say it’s an extremely busy weekend for intoxicated drivers. Last year, Oregon State Police officers arrested 88 drunk drivers during the holiday period.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were nearly 11,000 fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.
Deputies say they hope their increased patrols will discourage people from drinking and driving.
“We want you to have fun this Memorial weekend, but remember to buckle up, and if you choose to drink, find a sober driver, and if not for yourself, for the ones that love you,” said Det. Sgt. Toby Bottorff with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies will also be adding extra patrols and enforcement of seatbelt laws throughout the end of May. They say using safety belts greatly reduces the risk of dying in an accident.
While they’ll be increasing DUII enforcement during Memorial Day weekend, deputies say they’re always looking for impaired drivers and recommend finding a sober driver at all times.