As the summer wraps up, so do many of our grant related programs provided to us by our partners at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This summer's enforcements focused on detecting and arresting DUII drivers as well as preventing injury during driving related crashes, by ensuring motorists are wearing their seat belts.
Deputies worked over 295 hours contacting motorists, educating drivers and passengers through the issuance of both warnings and citations. According to a study taken by our office on September 13th of this year, 98% of motorists in Marion County were wearing their seat belts compared to the current national average of 87%.
In addition to seat belt enforcement Deputies worked diligently to add patrols, detect and arrest 21 impaired drivers. These extra patrols provide additional Deputies and allow us to focus our efforts on special events, celebrations and holidays where DUII related crashes occur more frequently.
Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Todd Moquin stated, "Education, enforcement and engineering, whether we are working with our county partners to improve driving conditions or sitting in your neighborhood watching for speeders, the three E's represent our mission and commitment to provide a safe driving experience to our residents and visitors in Marion County."