REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Police are stepping up their high visibility approach to catching impaired drivers. In May, DUII grants made it possible to put three additional officers on the road for ten more hours, and coupled with regular shifts, 14 impaired drivers were arrested.
With June already half over, the Police Department says they're still using grant funds to find and arrest those driving under the influence. Lieutenant Curtis Chambers of the Redmond PD says you don't have to blow a .08 to get pulled over. "Impairment can occur at any level and if someone's impaired by a substance other than alcohol, their BAC will certainly be under a .08, so if a person's impaired in the state of Oregon by alcohol, a controlled substance, an inhalant, or any combination thereof, that is something they could be arrested for."
Chambers says with the advent of legal pot, drivers can be impaired by more than just alcohol consumption, and impairment leads to their making poor choices. He says calling law enforcement to report people driving under the influence saves lives. He says the Police Department will be keeping up the pressure through June. "We have additional officers signed up to work DUII shifts at various points throughout the month. We don't want to say when that will be, because we want people to make good choices all the time, just not when extra officers are out on the road."
Lieutenant Chambers says stopping people from driving while under the influence of intoxicants is everyone's responsibility. "No one wants to get involved, and no one wants to be that bad guy, but you're going to feel real bad if you had an opportunity to do something and that DUII driver impacts you, or a family member, or a friend in a negative way."
Funding for the extra officer time is provided by a DUII High Visibility Enforcement Grant, awarded to the Redmond Police Department from the Oregon Department of Transportation.