Sheriffs run Oregon Country Fair saturation patrols

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VENETA—Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) will be conducting high visibility traffic enforcement patrols in the Veneta area during the Oregon Country Fair, held July 7 to 9, 2017.

Deputies will be focusing on DUII enforcement, as well as speeding, seat belt and cell phone use violations.

Patrols began July 6 and will continue through Monday, July 10, as attendees remain in the area at campgrounds.

The funding for these patrols is provided to LCSO through two Oregon Department of Transportation Traffic Safety grants administered by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, aimed at reducing the number of vehicle crashes and related injuries. The grants are federally funded grant programs to provide overtime funding to participating sheriff’s offices for DUII and traffic enforcement.

Annually, the Oregon Country Fair brings extremely high volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic to the area. Due to the resulting congestion in the area surrounding the Oregon Country Fair, speed limits have been reduced and posted as such. Restrictions are also posted for no parking and no U-turns along Highway 126 and Suttle Rd. in the area.

Drivers attending the event or traveling through the area should anticipate heavy traffic congestion. Flaggers will be present on Highway 126, near milepost 45, at the fair’s main entrance during peak times to control traffic flows through the area.

LCSO wants to remind motorists to buckle up, drive safely and drive sober. With the passage of Oregon’s marijuana laws, this is also a reminder of the impairment marijuana creates of drivers, impacting their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) applies to drivers under the influence of marijuana, as it does with alcohol.

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