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November 18, 2018
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Halloween Brings DUII Patrols (Photo)
Julie Denney
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Halloween Brings DUII Patrols (Photo)

Update: Halloween Patrols Net DUII Arrests  - 11/01/18 

Update: Halloween Patrols Net DUII Arrests
Update 11/1/18 at 9:00 a.m.:

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested five people – four men and one woman – for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) on Halloween night.  Two of the arrests came after separate rollover crashes in the White City area – on Avenue G and Agate Road, and on Kershaw Road at Thunder Road.  Nobody was injured.

The remaining three drivers were arrested after deputies found them to be impaired during traffic stops.  Four of the five drivers were found to be impaired by alcohol (0.08% BAC or higher); one was suspected to be impaired by a combination of alcohol and prescription medication.

As the holiday season approaches, JCSO deputies urge drivers to consider the potentially deadly consequences of impaired driving.  People are urged to plan ahead and make safe driving decisions if their holiday celebrations include alcohol.  

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this Halloween – in an effort to increase safety on one of the busiest nights of the year for pedestrians.  According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, pedestrian deaths in general have risen steadily since 2009; 5,987 pedestrians died in the United States in 2016. 

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, deputies will help with saturation patrols in the Ashland area, where partygoers tend to gather on Halloween.  Deputies will also patrol throughout Jackson County, focusing on rural roadways and back roads.  Grant funding allows JCSO to increase staffing during holidays and events without taking away from regular patrol duties.

Deputies urge those who choose to drink alcohol to make plans ahead of time to get home safely.  Alternatives to driving while impaired include designating a sober driver, calling a friend or family member, or calling a taxi or rideshare.

Impairment aside, all drivers are reminded to be vigilant on Halloween night.  Children will likely be out walking in neighborhoods later than usual.  Drivers should put away distractions such as cell phones and drive cautiously through neighborhoods frequented by trick-or-treaters.

Pedestrians can also take steps to stay safe.  Be visible - wear brightly colored costumes and use light sticks and flashlights.  Parents are encouraged to supervise children closely, especially when walking near vehicles. 

For more information on Halloween safety, visit the NHTSA website.  Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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