MEDFORD, Ore. – If you’re planning to ring in the New Year out on the town, officers say to plan ahead, because they will be out looking for drunk drivers.
In addition to officers set to patrol the night, Medford Police plan to have extra officers dedicated to watch out for intoxicated drivers. Officers will focus their attention to the downtown area near the bars.
Earlier this afternoon, Newswatch12′s Sharon Ko rode along with Corporal Chris Dode. He believes this New Year’s Eve might be a little bit slower because the holiday falls on a week day.
Despite the holiday falling on a Monday, officers are expecting more foot traffic. Corporal Dode has worked for the Medford Police Department for nearly 7 years and he’s seen it all, from car crashes to injuries, and the worst case scenario: death.
“You do see some bad cases where people drink and drive when they shouldn’t have, and its a sad, sad time and it effects a lot of people,” observed Cpl. Dode.
“If you’re going out tonight, make sure you have a designated driver,” said Medford Police Lt. Curtis Whipple. “Just realize that one of the first things that starts to go when you start drinking is gonna be your judgment.”
Medford Police are encouraging people celebrating, to have someone be the designated driver or take a taxi. They said a $10 cab fair is cheaper than what you might have to pay for a DUII. Also, Dick’s Towing Company will once again tow your car and give you a ride home for free.
In addition to extra Medford Police officers, Oregon State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office plan to have extra patrol officers out this evening.