46 people arrested for DUII during December in Eugene

Police said a grant from Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact, a nonprofit that aims to stop drunk driving, allowed them to do extra DUII patrols.

Posted: Jan 4, 2020 4:54 PM
Updated: Jan 6, 2020 11:51 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The holidays are over, and the numbers are in. According to the Eugene Police Department, 46 people were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of intoxicants during the month of December.

Police said a grant from Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact, a nonprofit that aims to stop drunk driving, allowed them to do extra DUII patrols.

Jacqueline Greazzo said with rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber operating in Eugene, she's stunned that so many weren't thinking before they get behind the wheel.

"In my experience going to the U of O when there wasn't Lyft and Uber, if you wanted to go home at two o'clock in the morning you had to wait an hour or two for Oregon Taxi," Greazzo said. "Now you can leave the bar, and in five minutes, you can have Lyft and Uber there to take you."

For Tom Amabisca, the number of alleged drunk drivers is 46 too many. He said he's had some close calls with drivers he thought were impaired before and is thankful for police keeping the streets safe.

"You're lucky to get stopped by a cop because you know could get in a wreck kill somebody, and there you go," Amabisca said.

Police say the extra DUII patrols aren't over yet. They say they will continue throughout January.

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