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The Portland Police Bureau has arrested 86 people for drugged or drunken driving on city streets.

FILE PHOTO - Officer Jim Petersen takes a person into custody while patrolling hot spots in East Portland. The Portland Police Bureau is on the hunt for drugged or drunken drivers — with extra patrols targeting impaired motorists coming soon.

During January of this year, officers arrested 86 people for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"As we venture into the month of February, Portland Police will be adding additional DUII enforcement patrols to help ensure our streets stay safe, and to prevent needless tragedies within our community," police say.

An alcohol-fueled collision kills one person every 48 minutes in America on average, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some 10,800 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2017.

The authorities want to remind everyone that driving while drugged is just as dangerous — and illegal — as driving under the influence of alcohol.

"Officers will be taking a zero tolerance approach to all forms of impaired driving," police say.

Community members are encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they believe a motorist is under the influence.


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