Drive sober — or else. It's a lesson the Beaverton Police Department hopes more than 300 allegedly impaired drivers will take to heart.
In 2018, Beaverton police arrested 376 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of intoxicants, according to a new report. Of those, 57 refused to take a breath test, so police asked and received warrants to take a blood sample.
"Drunk driving, impaired driving or buzzed driving all have the potential to claim lives and often will result in jail time," said Officer Jeremy Shaw, a spokesman. "The men and women of the Beaverton Police Department ask you to please use a designated driver or find another sober ride home."
Local authorities won't be resting easy now that New Year is here. The Department is participating in the National Traffic Safety Campaign again in 2019, with a focus on taking impaired drivers off the streets.
These target patrols by the High Visibility Enforcement detail are paid with using grant funds.
In December, Beaverton officers made 24 arrests for DUII. Six of those people refused breath tests, so police were required to seek warants for blood draws. Of those that submitted to the breathalyzer, their average blood alcohol content was .15 percent.
Ten of the 24 drivers were involved in a car crash before being arrested. Fifteen of the 24 were reported to police by 9-1-1 callers, while the remaining nine were found by patrol officers' "self-initiated activity."