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November 21, 2018
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Football Season Brings DUII, Seat Belt Patrols (Photo)
Julie Denney
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Football Season Brings DUII, Seat Belt Patrols (Photo)

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are on the lookout for impaired drivers as the 2018 National Football League (NFL) regular season kicks off.  A week-long enforcement effort will also include an emphasis on occupant safety.

September 10, 2018, marks the first Monday Night Football games of the NFL regular season.  Deputies will patrol roadways throughout the county looking for impaired drivers and vehicle occupants who aren’t properly restrained.  

The focused enforcement will continue through the weekend, with an emphasis during and after NFL games on Thursday evening and all day Sunday.  Grant funding allows JCSO to add the patrols without reducing the number of deputies available for regular calls for service.

For many fans, football season and alcohol go hand-in-hand.  If your game day celebrations include drinking, please consider the following tips:

  • DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll spend your time, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.
  • GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Get a ride from a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • HAVE A BACKUP PLAN: Save the number of a taxi company in your phone. In some areas, you can use ride share services such as Uber or Lyft.
  • PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.
  • HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
  • SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to report an impaired driver.
  • BUCKLE UP: Whether you’re a driver or passenger, your odds of surviving a crash increase greatly when you are properly restrained.

Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is a crime, punishable by incarceration and/or fines.  Additional or enhanced consequences may apply for some drivers, including those who drive impaired with children in the car, those with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.15%, those with prior DUII convictions, and those who cause injury or property damage.

Oregon law requires adults and children to be properly restrained with a seat belt or child safety seat.  For more information on occupant safety, go to https://www.oregon.gov/odot/safety/pages/belts-seats.aspx .

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