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News Release
Enhanced Traffic Patrols in Yamhill County for St. Patrick's Day - 03/15/19

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols on St. Patrick’s Day in an effort to minimize and reduce the negative impact of impaired drivers on law abiding motorists. These extra patrols will take place on Sunday March 17th, 2019.  The extra patrols are paid for through a High Visibility Enforcement Grant provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports on St. Patrick’s Day the number of deaths related to drunk driving have increased by 10% from 2012 to 2016. A total of 269 lives were lost in drunk driving crashes during those years.

If you plan to host a party or attend a party where alcohol or marijuana is being served you can take some precautions beforehand to avoid what could be a deadly end to the night. 

If you host a party and provide alcohol or marijuana, make sure to also include food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Monitor your guest’s consumption and take the keys from a guest who has had too much.

  • Use public transportation or a taxi;
  • Ask a friend who has not been consuming for a ride home;
  • Promote the use of designated drivers and stop impaired family or friends from driving;
  • Always wear your seatbelt.

If you see a suspected impaired driver please call 9-1-1 and report them.  Some signs to look for are:

  • Swerving or weaving in and out of a lane;
  • Stopping abruptly at traffic signs or signals;
  • Making unusually wide turns;
  • Driving over curbs;
  • Driving with headlights off at night.