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COOS COUNTY — The Coos County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting saturation patrols throughout Coos County this holiday season targeting those who operate motor vehicles while impaired. This saturation event is paid for by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and is facilitated by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities occurred in crashes during which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit of .08. The holidays prove to be extra dangerous to drivers as more people — drivers and pedestrians alike — are out on the roads.

“We want to keep our roads safe this holiday season and help people understand that the only time they should be behind the wheel is when they are sober,” said Coos County Sheriff's Capt. Kelley Andrews. “Alcohol affects people differently, and you do not have to be feeling or acting drunk to be too impaired to drive.”

Extra sheriff’s office patrols will be out enforcing traffic laws and specifically looking for those who choose to operate a motor vehicle after consuming an intoxicant and are impaired. Intoxicants can be but are not limited to alcohol, cannabis, illegal narcotics, prescription medications, and inhalants. Drug Recognition Evaluators will be available for call out as necessary to assist the extra patrols.

Please, if you are planning on ingesting an intoxicant to the point of impairment this holiday season, plan for a safe drive home with a designated driver or other safe means.

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