MEDFORD, Ore. — Extra patrols over Memorial Day weekend saw Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) deputies arrest three people for impaired driving—two men and a woman between the ages of 32 and 35 years-old. But the weekend doesn't spell the end for those increased patrols, according to JCSO.
There will be two more weeks of a "Summer Kick-Off" DUII patrol event, according to JCSO. Deputies on grant-funded overtime will be on watch throughout the county, but particularly areas frequented by minors using alcohol and drugs, as well as routes to popular recreation areas.
JCSO provided the following tips to help prevent or deter impaired driving:
- 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. Get a ride from 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 such as Uber or Lyft.
- CAMP OUT: Rural areas may not have cell phone service. Take an overnight bag with you so you can spend the night if you’re too intoxicated to drive.
- 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.