BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office participated in a statewide effort to increase patrols during the 4th of July weekend and decrease the number of intoxicated drivers. According to federal data, between 2009 and 2013, 750 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more during the Independence Day holiday. Those fatalities account for 39% of all motor vehicle fatalities, nationwide.
According to the safety campaign, Deschutes County deputies issued four speeding tickets, three citations for no insurance, three for Driving While Suspended, two DUII arrests. One driver was cited for not having a license, and another for Reckless Driving.