Multi-agency saturation patrols aimed at preventing and stopping drunk drivers took place last weekend and into St. Patrick’s Day the following Monday.
The staffing increase gave police the ability to respond effectively to DUII drivers in all areas of the Springfield and Eugene, without reducing police response to other calls for service. Throughout the weekend, Monday, and into Tuesday morning, there were a total of 22 DUII arrests between the Springfield and Eugene Police Departments. No serious injuries or fatal crashes were reported during that time.
During the event, EPD partnered with OSP and SPD to search-out DUII drivers. The officers make every effort to actively seek any vehicle reported as a possible DUII, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries. The targeted DUII enforcement is designed to increase the safety of people traveling during St. Patrick’s Day and the holiday weekend. The enforcement is largely funded through state grants to ensure that enough officers are available to identify, stop and process impaired drivers, and to dedicate DUII patrols that are staffed above and beyond the usual patrol strength.
Aside from the potentially tragic consequences of a collision due to a driver’s impairment from alcohol or other drugs, impaired drivers face a steep financial burden if arrested for driving under the influence and the suspension of their driver’s license. Drivers are encouraged to designate a non-drinking driver, and be prepared with phone numbers for an alternate driver in case the primary plan falls through.