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MEDFORD, Ore. -- On Saturday night, the Medford Police Department (MPD) arrested 12 drivers who were driving under the influence of intoxicants. MPD with help from Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Talent Police Department and Central Point Police Department participated in a high visibility saturation patrol of Medford to find and arrest impaired drivers. Altogether, 14 additional officers were on the streets of Medford last night, partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
This operation resulted in 12 DUII arrests in just six hours (between the hours of 9 PM and 3 AM). Officers say that’s a significant number of impaired driving arrests within the city limits in one night. They say lives were potentially saved by taking those impaired drivers off the roadway.
The Medford Police Department encourages drivers to make safe and smart choices the remainder of this holiday season and to not drive while impaired by alcohol or other substances.
According to the NHTSA, Drunk driving crashes killed 10,874 people in 2017.