From July 3-7 the Hood River Police Department will be conducting a DUII enforcement campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to focus on people driving under the influence of intoxicants. This is in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is the fifth such enforcement effort since New Year’s. There will be a higher number of police officers on patrol during these enforcement periods.
Most people are aware of the .08 percent blood alcohol limit, notes Sgt. Don Cheli. He said a person may still be impaired under a .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC). A driver can also be charged with a DUII if he or she is under the influence of a controlled substance, inhalant or prescription medications. It is the duty of the police officer to determine if a person if too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. The offense of driving under the influence of intoxicants (ORS 813.010) is a class A misdemeanor. This offense can be punishable by jail time, fines and the suspension of your driver’s license, ranging from 90 days to 3 years, depending on your driving record and past DUII offenses.
The Hood River Police Department asks that everybody drive responsibly and be safe, according to Cheli.
“If you feel you have had too much to drink or are not in the right frame of mind, please request a ride from a sober party or call a taxi,” Cheli said.