JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- 'Tis the season for giving, sharing and increased DUII patrols. Over next few weeks, you'll start to see more Jackson County Sheriff’s Office cars on the roads. That’s because the Sheriff’s Office is stepping up its patrols for the next few weeks, making sure you and everyone around you is driving safe this holiday season. Patrol deputy Noah Strohmeyer said they're necessary during the holiday season.
"This time of year we see an increase in a handful of things. One of them unfortunately is DUII both arrests and crashes. So we do increased patrols this time of year in order to try to enforce those laws to keep the streets safer," Deputy Strohmeyer added.
Deputies won't just be watching out for drunk drivers-- they're also making sure the roads are clear of any drivers under the influence of any drug.
"Another issue is prescription drugs. A lot of people take prescription drugs and they're lawful for them to have and they take them like they're supposed to but they're not supposed to take them and drive," Strohmeyer said.
He added the best way to make sure you and other drivers on the road stay safe this holiday season is to plan ahead.
"Designated drivers and taxi companies. All of these are options for ways to get around after you've been drinking, after you've been smoking marijuana, after you've been taking prescription drugs, legal ones that you're supposed to be taking, all ways to get yourself from point A to point B safely and in a way that is also not going to get you in trouble," Strohmeyer said.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone drivers are not the only ones at risk and to only accept a ride from a sober driver. If you know someone is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. If you think someone is driving impaired, don’t hesitate to call 911 immediately.
The increased patrols will continue until January 1st but that doesn’t mean deputies are going to stop making sure the roads are free from impaired drivers