Efforts to get drunk drivers off the road occur throughout the year despite limited funding for the Lane County Jail and continued decreases in the counties traffic team. Without the teeth of the jail and the continued layoff of deputies, roads in Lane County will continue to be at risk for drunk driving crashes and fatalities. Deputy Mike Lamb told MADD executive director, Lois Harvick during the nights ride along that he will continue to make traffic safety a priority regardless of the cuts. He says he will continue to do his part.
This same attitude is apparent throughout the team, yet keeping morale high is a challenge. This was an important factor why MADD participated in the Cinco de Mayo patrols as a ride-along passenger. MADD considers law enforcement an invaluable partner in the fight against drunk driving and supports and appreciates the tough jobs that they do.
According to Sergeant Swank, Deputy Aaron Hoberg holds the highest arrest level for DUII arrests while serving on the traffic team with the department. MADD honored Deputy Hoberg with an award of appreciation just prior to deploying en mass officers. Congratulations and keep up the good work Deputy Hoberg and the rest of your team!