JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- While many families are planning road trips for Spring Break 2018, Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies are making plans to keep those roads safe. From Friday, March 23, to Sunday, April 1, deputies will be out and about looking for impaired drivers.
"Just like any of the holidays, the risk of DUIIs and the frequency of DUIIs seems to go up,” said Deputy Noah Strohmeyer.
Patrols will focus on rural areas and roads near recreation sites like lakes, campgrounds, and the Rogue River. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says it is able to do this without taking away from normal calls for service thanks to grant funding. Although deputies will be patroling, they want to remind drivers it's everyone's job to be responsible.
“You drive for yourself and everyone around you. All of those people can be impacted by your impaired driving and your dangerous driving if you make these choices," Deputy Strohmeyer added.
Here are a few ways deputies say you can stay safe during spring break:
-DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll spend your time, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.
-GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you're impaired and need to go somewhere, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
-HAVE A BACKUP PLAN: Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you are always ready. In some areas, you can use ride share services like Uber or Lyft.
-PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.
-HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
-SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to report an impaired driver.