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Sheriff's office will focus patrols in northern Marion County starting July 3 and for Independence Day

The Marion County Sheriff's Office will be adding extra patrols to Marion County roads during the month of July.

Patrols will be hitting the streets and highways in an effort to deter motorists who choose to engage in dangerous driving habits such as speeding, distracted driving and DUII. Patrols will begin July 3 focusing in North Marion County, with additional DUII patrols for the July 4 holiday.

According to a MCSO press release, which quotes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people in the U.S. die every day in an alcohol-related vehicle crash — "that's one person every 51 minutes."

Traffic patrols like these are made possible through grants from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

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