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The county has won awards for work to stop drunken drivers nearly every year since 2004.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has been named the agency of the year for its work to stop drunken drivers from getting behind the wheel.

On Thursday, April 20, the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force selected the Washington County Sheriff's Office as the enforcement agency of the year. Washington County has claimed the award 11 times over the past 14 years.

According to the task force, Washington County deputies have been working for years to keep drunken drivers from hitting the road. The county has made stopping drunken drivers a priority, arresting more than 1,000 impaired drivers every year.

According to the agency, that work appears to be showing results. Fatal crashes involving alcohol in the county have dropped in recent years.

"There is still much work to be done, especially with the increasing number of impaired people driving under the influence of marijuana, illegal drugs and prescription medications," the sheriff's office said in a written statement.

According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies in the agency's traffic team is dedicated to preventing people who are alcohol or drug impaired from driving.

"The Sheriff's Office will continue to stay focused to stop impaired driving to help keep our roads safer," the agency said. 

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