The Port Orford Police Department, in conjunction with other local law enforcement including the Curry County Sheriff, conducted extra DUII patrols over Labor Day weekend, according to Chief Hank Hobart.
Participants in the overtime patrols were paid by the state of Oregon and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), he said. These efforts will continue throughout the year at various times, especially during busy holiday weekends and during large civic events.
NHTSA’s 2015 report indicates over 10,000 people died as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes. That calculates to about one fatality every 51 minutes.
Port Orford reported their personnel working this Labor Day weekend made nine traffic contacts and issued various citations and warnings, but no drunk drivers were located.
Hobart thanked citizens for the outcome and encouraged them to continue planning ahead and designating a driver if they are going to consume alcohol and travel.