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Sheriff’s Office earns DUII award

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is being recognized for its efforts in combating driving under the influence. The Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force will present an award for the “2017 DUII Enforcement Agency of the Year” to the Sheriff’s Office on May 3 during a ceremony at its annual conference in Bend.

According to award criteria, agencies selected for recognition have employed an effective DUII enforcement program through focused and pro-active “education, prevention, deterrence, or community involvement.”

In 2017, Jackson County deputies made 320 arrests for DUII. That’s up from 250 in 2016 and 166 in 2015. Two deputies on JCSO’s four-person traffic team are dedicated specifically to enforcement of laws related to aggressive, distracted and impaired driving.

The Sheriff’s Office regularly uses traditional and social media to encourage DUII prevention, especially in rural areas – places where crashes too often prove fatal. With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, JCSO has also worked to educate the public regarding the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana.