Buckle up and sober up: Sheriff beefs up patrols

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols for traffic enforcement from Aug. 15 to Sept. 7.

Enforcement will focus on seatbelt use and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and it includes the Labor Day (Sept. 1) week, a time of increased traffic levels.

“We hope to achieve safer roadways through high visibility enforcement and media campaigns,” said Sheriff Matt English.

The Sheriff’s Office receives grant funding to increase patrols during this time period through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The goal is to reduce injuries and fatalities from crashes that are typically higher than normal in this time period.

The Sheriff’s Office urges drivers to use care over the busy Labor Day Weekend. Report drivers suspected of DUII or other driving violations by calling 911 or the Sheriff’s Office dispatch center at 541-386-2711.

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