DCSO to use unmarked cars in 'safety blitz'

BEND, Ore. - The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office said it is increasing traffic patrols during daylight hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt, child restraint, texting while driving and speed violations, this Thursday through Sunday -- and plans to use unmarked vehicles, as well as patrol cars.

Deputies will be enforcing other traffic violations as well,  including DUII, said Capt. Paul Garrison.

"These patrols will include the use of unmarked sheriff's office vehicles," Garrison said in a news release.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their seatbelt at all times while traveling in a motor vehicle.

Texting later, while not operating a motor vehicle, and driving the posted speed on the roadways traveled is also encouraged.

Garrison said, "We encourage all drivers to drink responsibly. If drivers intend to drink, please plan ahead and use a designated driver or public transportation such as a cab or the local bus system."

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