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The West Linn Police Department will be deploying extra cars in January to focus on DUII and Distracted Drivers - 01/16/20


Some of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways are between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Last year, 1,068 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, which is 29 percent of total traffic fatalities during this time (statistics from MADD website). The West Linn Police Department will continue to work enhanced DUII patrols in the month of January, 2020. These enhanced DUII patrols are funded by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation through Oregon Impact. In addition, the West Linn Police Department is also focusing on Distracted Driving. A Distracted Driver crash occurs every 2.5 hours in Oregon. Here is one example why Distracted Driving is so dangerous: The average time a driver’s eyes are off the road is 5 seconds. When driving 55 miles per hour, 5 seconds is enough time to drive the length of a football field!

Here are some sobering drunk driving statistics:

On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime (from NHTSA, 2014).

About a quarter of car crashes with teens involve an underage drinking driver (from NHTSA, 2015).

In 2017, 10,874 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 48 minutes – and more than 300,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes (NHTSA 2017).

The City of West Linn is regularly named one of the safest cities of its size (around 25,000) in the nation. The West Linn Police Department is proud of this ranking, and we believe our enhanced DUII and Distracted Driving patrols have contributed to keeping the citizens in and around the city safe.

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