During the Christmas/New Year holiday, Coos County Law enforcement worked together as part of the Southern Oregon Coast DUII Task Force to crack down on impaired drivers. Police officers from Coos Bay P.D; North Bend P.D.; Coquille P.D; and Coos County Sheriff’s Office patrolled the streets in search of impaired drivers between December 13th and January 2nd resulting in (14) DUII arrests, (8) under age drinking citations, and (45) warrant arrests resulting from traffic stops.
Law Enforcement Officers throughout Oregon participated in this nationwide effort to reduce the number of impaired drivers on city streets, and state and county highways. The main purpose for reducing the number of impaired drivers is to save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 9,878 people were killed in DUII related crashes in 2011.
The Southern Oregon Coast DUII Task Force is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Oregon Impact, along with Coos County, and other local law enforcement partners in conducting a campaign against impaired driving, which features high visibility enforcement, combined with a variety of outreach activities, including a multi million dollar national advertisement, and media campaign.