JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.-- From now through New Year's Day, Jackson County deputies will be keeping an extra eye out for impaired drivers.
The sheriff's office says grant funding allows them to put extra deputies on the road without taking away from normal calls for service.
If you plan on going to a holiday party over the next few weeks, the sheriff's office says you should make sure to plan ahead.
The Jackson County sheriff himself is asking you to be careful on the road this holiday season.
Sheriff Nathan Sickler shared a message on Facebook asking for your help keeping the roads safe.
You can read his full message below:
Greetings! As your sheriff, I wanted to take a few minutes to ask for your help. The holiday season is a time for visiting with family and friends, and for sharing and giving. Here are a few ways you can help us to get through the holidays without tragedy.
Many holiday festivities involve alcohol consumption. That’s okay – but please be responsible. If your holiday travels take you out on the road, do not drive while impaired. Plan ahead so you can get to your destination safely. Speed, distraction, and aggressive driving are other common contributors to vehicle crashes. Please take your time, put away your cell phones, and have patience.
The holidays also tend to be a time when deputies respond to alcohol-fueled disputes among family members. We would like to reduce our calls for service to these types of incidents. It would be great to be able to say we did not have to take anyone into custody on Christmas Day; but, that ultimately depends on the choices people make.
Know that if you need us, we will be there. Be safe and have a very merry Christmas.
Sheriff Nathan Sickler