Holiday party patrols grab 7 DUIIs throughout valley

Saturation patrols by Rogue Valley police officers during last weekend's holiday parties netted seven arrests for drunken driving, authorities said.

In addition to the seven arrests for driving under the influence of intoxicants, 16 other citations were meted out during 161 traffic stops and police contacts during the annual pre-Christmas weekend saturation patrol, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Each year, officers from several local departments join forces for high-visibility patrols that are meant to warn party-goers against driving after drinking and removing the threats of those who do.

"We're targeting anyone who drinks and drives, but we normally see an increase around Christmas and New Year's because of holiday festivities," Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said.

Friday evening's saturation efforts centered within Medford city limits while Saturday's patrols focused on Ashland and areas between Ashland and Medford, police said.

Seven people were arrested or cited for driving with a suspended license or no operating license, five speeding tickets were written and one stolen vehicle was recovered, police said.

Sheriff's deputies were joined by officers from the Medford, Ashland, Talent, and Phoenix police departments.

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