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Benton County Sheriff's Office Memorial Weekend Traffic Results - 05/30/24

CORVALLIS, Ore.  Over Memorial weekend, from May 24 through May 27, 2024, Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputies performed a total of 133 traffic stops. Among these stops, five arrests were made for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and 53 traffic citations were issued. Additionally, 34 speed citations were given to drivers reaching speeds as high as 93, 94, 96, and 114 near Blodgett on Highway 20.

“I want to take this opportunity again to thank the Benton County community for their continued assistance and ongoing partnership as it relates to this topic,” stated Sheriff Van Arsdall. “You are the eyes and ears in the community and a vital asset to the continued education and enforcement of these laws.  I also want to thank the Benton County Deputy Sheriffs who make community safety a priority every day.”

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is marked by an increase in drunk driving, and too many lives are lost on roadways every year because of it. Drunk driving is a choice that no one should make, and the crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are the result of these actions are one hundred percent preventable.  

BCSO encourages drivers to continue reporting erratic behavior such as passing in no-passing zones, following too closely, excessive speeds, or if a vehicle is failing to maintain its lane, have your passenger call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are traveling alone, first find a safe place to pull over before calling. Report the location, direction of travel, license plate, and description of the vehicle. Calling 9-1-1 is time sensitive; please do not wait to report unsafe driving. Your prompt action can help prevent a crash and keep our roads safe.

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Benton County Emergency Management Programs Collaborate on Wildfire Evacuation Drill - 05/16/24

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The City of Corvallis and Benton County Emergency Management (BCEM) programs are pleased to announce their collaboration on a wildfire evacuation drill for Benton County on Saturday, May 18th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. 

The County's Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) is the Kalapuya Building on SW Research Way, Corvallis. The City’s TEP will be the Northwest Hills Community Church on Walnut in Corvallis. The drills will involve Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to ensure a coordinated and effective response. 

The drill will serve as a valuable opportunity for residents and emergency responders to practice wildfire evacuation procedures and test communication systems. It is part of ongoing efforts to enhance emergency preparedness in Benton County. 

"We are excited to partner with the City of Corvallis on this important drill," said BCEM Manager Bryan Lee. "By working together, we can better prepare our community for emergencies and ensure that everyone is safe and informed." 

Residents can sign up for emergency evacuation route notifications with the Linn-Benton ALERT system at https://sheriff.bentoncountyor.gov/linn-benton-alert/. After signing up for the alerts you will receive all emergency-related notifications related to your location. 

Participating households have been provided detailed information about the exercise. Community members may notice additional traffic in the area as the evacuation drill gets underway. Unless there is an emergency, neighbors are advised to not call 9-1-1. Please contact the Benton County Call Center at 541-766-6200 with questions about the drill.

For more information about the wildfire evacuation drill and how you can participate, please contact Benton County Emergency Management at emergencymanagement@bentoncountyor.gov or call 541-766-6864.

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