22 DUII arrests over Thanksgiving/Civil War weekend

22 DUII arrests over Thanksgiving/Civil War weekend

EUGENE, Ore. -- Law enforcement arrested 22 people for driving under the influence over the weekend as police patrolled the increased traffic for the Thanksgiving holiday, Civil War football game and Black Friday shopping events.

State police teamed up with the Eugene and Springfield Police Departments to focus on keeping impaired drivers off the roadways.

"Our very common offenses we see are failure to maintain lane, tailgating and aggressive driving," said Eugene Police Lieutenant Doug Mozan.

The patrol netted a total of 22 DUII arrests between Thursday night and Sunday morning, and officials said they had several other arrests for reckless driving.

Eugene Police said their peak arrests came Friday night following the Civil War football game, with 11 arrests made Friday night.

Police said there were no reports of serious injury crashes in the Eugene/Springfield area over Thanksgiving weekend.

With the holiday season in full swing, officials said it's important to have a designated driver and to be prepared to stop friends and loved ones from driving impaired.

"Party responsibly, designate a driver, know your limit... and if you're going to drink, don't drive," Lt. Mozan said.

It’s also important for motorists to be aware of traffic around them and that they may be sharing the road with intoxicated drivers.