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May 22, 2022
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Spring Break DUII Patrols (Photo)
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Spring Break DUII Patrols (Photo)

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- While many families are planning road trips for Spring Break 2018, Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies are making plans to keep those roads safe. From Friday, March 23, to Sunday, April 1, deputies will be out and about looking for impaired drivers.

Patrols will focus on rural areas and roads near recreation destinations such as lakes, campgrounds, and the Rogue River. Grant funding allows JCSO to put extra deputies on the road to look for impaired drivers without taking away from normal calls for service.

Here are a few tips to help ensure you have a safe spring break:

* 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. If you're impaired and need to go somewhere, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
* HAVE A BACKUP PLAN: Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you are always ready. 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.

Deputies also encourage drivers to buckle up and put their cell phones away. Have a safe spring break!

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