By News-Register staff • 

Sheriff's office steps up patrols this weekend


The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols over the Labor Day weekend with an emphasis on impaired drivers. Patrol deputies will be added to the roads through Monday evening.

Funding for enhanced enforcement is provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

"Our goal is to have zero fatalities over the holiday weekend," Sheriff Tim Svenson said.

Not only is this a holiday weekend, but the Oregon State University and University of Oregon football teams open their seasons, too. Oregon State will host Weber State University at 5 p.m. Friday while Oregon will entertain Eastern Washington University at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Traffic is expected to be particularly heavy on Highway 99W, south from McMinnville, today and Saturday afternoon as football fans make their way to Corvallis and Eugene.

If you're hosting or attending a party, take the following precautions:

. . . Include food and non-alcoholic beverages.

. . . Monitor your guest's alcohol consumption and take the keys from a guest who has had too much to drink.

. . . Use public transportation or take a taxi.

. . . Ask a friend who has not been drinking for a ride home.

. . . Promote the use of designated drivers and stop impaired family or friends from driving.

. . . And always wear your seatbelt.

If you see a suspected impaired driver call 911 and report the driver immediately. Some signs to look for are:

. . . Swerving or weaving in and out of a lane.

. . . Stopping abruptly at traffic signs or signals.

. . . Making unusually wide turns.

. . . Driving over curbs.

. . . Driving with headlights off at night.

Have a safe holiday weekend!