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Bend Police Dept. outlines past five years of DUII arrests, adds dedicated enforcement team

Bend Police Department

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- This year, the Bend Police Department redirected two traffic unit officer positions to be a dedicated DUII / Aggressive Driving Enforcement Team on afternoon shift hours. 

Here's the report Lt. Juli McConkey released Tuesday of the past five years of DUII arrests:

Over the last four years, community members have ranked traffic safety and enforcement consistently high in the bi-annual Bend Police Department survey.  In the 2021 survey, between 70 and 90 percent of community members surveyed ranked distracted driving and speeding as their highest concerns, with over 60 percent of the community members surveyed supporting additional enforcement efforts and additional officers to enforce DUII crimes. 

“The goals of the Bend Police Department are aligned with the goals of our community in ensuring overall safety by enforcing dangerous driving behavior to include DUII enforcement, speeding, and distracted driving,” said Police Chief Mike Krantz.  

Over the last several months, the Bend Police Department has focused on increasing DUII enforcement from this dedicated team, officers on our traffic team, and officers in our patrol division.  The data for the last five years (January 2017 through October 2021) of DUII arrest cases are detailed below and provide more detail of enforcement in Deschutes County.  

The following agencies contributed to the total number of arrests in Deschutes County: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Redmond Police Department, Sunriver Police Department, and Black Butte Police Department.

These law enforcement agencies combined, averaged 1,150 DUII arrests per year (2017, 2018, 2019) or 3.2 arrests per day.  In 2020 and 2021 these agencies were estimated to have a combined average of 825 DUII arrests per year or 2.3 arrests per day.

The below graph details 2,243 DUII arrests made by the Bend Police Department over the previous five years.  There is a noticeable decline from 2019 to 2020, which is representative of the COVID pandemic to include fewer alcohol establishments being open or having reduced hours and likely a reduction in proactive policing contacts such as traffic stops.

Additionally, we reviewed data specific to range of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) range and broke those down into percentage of total arrests.  

Lastly, we reviewed data specific to age at the time of arrest and also broke those down into age range and percentage of total arrests.  

Individuals who drink alcohol or use other intoxicants are encouraged to use ride share opportunities such as Lyft, Uber, Taxi Service, Shuttle Service or designate a sober driver.  Bend Police also encourage community members to report if they suspect a DUII driver by calling the non-emergency line at 541-693-6911 or 911 for an emergency.

The consequences for the first-time conviction of driving under the influence of intoxicants is a one-year driver’s license suspension, a minimum fine of $1,000 and a maximum fine of $6,250 and up to 364 days in jail.

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    1. ALL the city is interested in IS REVENUE! DUIIs are a cash cow, why else would they pull anyone over, ever? If the city and the police wanted to stop people driving drunk, they’d make parking lots at the bar illegal.

  1. Bend PD always have been, always will be a 2nd rate police force at best, with sub-par leadership. This is just a fluff piece to trick taxpayers into thinking the PD does its job well… smoke and mirrors folks, demand better from Bend PD.

  2. It is actually very simple. Some states have a DUI arrest rate 3X Oregon’s. Other states have a rate 90% below ours. Does anyone really think there is that wide a range of offenders? Of course not. Even locally, when Redmond gets state funds to focus on DUI, their results are pathetic. It all comes down to will; the will to enforce the law. Same with speeding. As I was walking along Franklin Downtown today, speed limit 25 mph, I noticed the average speed was around 35 mph, with some cars going 40 mph. There is about zero chance of getting a speeding ticket in Bend. If the City truly wanted to maximize ticket revenue, they could station two cop crews on Franklin and Greenwood, and bring in thousands of dollars a day. The City does not care.

      1. I disagree, somewhat. For instance, Franklin between 8th and 3rd could be 35, but once you get West of that, 25 is about right with all the side streets, businesses, and then Downtown, narrow street and lotsa action. The speed limits just need to correspond the the reality of density and traffic volume.

  3. While you cops are out there patrol the streets for speeders Bend has gone to H in a hand basket You don’t control the speeders. tail gates parking the wrong direction of flow of traffic which is against Parking in front of mail boxs state driving law, parking in front of Fire Hyd Enforce all the laws not just some

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