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DUII enforced in weekend campaign

During the Memorial Day weekend May 24-27, the Hood River Police Department and Hood River County Sheriff Department will be conducting a DUII enforcement campaign.

The purpose of this campaign will be to focus on people driving under the influence of intoxicants. This is in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This will be the fourth of several high-visibility enforcement efforts throughout the year. There will be a higher number of police officers on patrol during these enforcement periods.

QUICK TIPS

At Memorial Day or any time alcohol is prevalent:

n Arrange a Designated Driver

n If you have had too much to drink, call a cab or a friend

Most people are aware of the .08 percent blood alcohol limit. A person may still be impaired under a .08 percent blood alcohol content. You can also be charged with a DUII if you are under the influence of a controlled substance, inhalant or prescription medications. It is the duty of the police officer to determine if a person is 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 three years, depending on your driving record and past DUII offenses.

Law enforcement agencies asks that everybody drive responsibly and be safe. 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.

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From May 19 through June 1, the Hood River Police Department will be working in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and other local agencies in conducting a traffic safety belt blitz campaign.

The emphasis will be on proper seat belt and child safety seat use.

Officers will also be looking for distracted drivers who are texting and using their cellphones as well as drivers that are speeding.

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