POLK COUNTY -- If you choose to drink and drive this holiday season, those flashing red lights in your rearview mirror won't belong to a red-nosed reindeer. Rather, it likely will be a Polk County Sheriff's Deputy, a Dallas Police Officer or an Independence Police Officer.
Those agencies will be ramping up patrols on county roadways to snare drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs as part of a two-week holiday crackdown.
Friday, Dec. 18, kicked off this holiday season's increased traffic safety campaign, which adds extra patrols focused on removing impaired drivers from local roadways. This enforcement will continue until Jan. 3.
Along with the increased enforcement effort, the Independence Police Department, the Dallas Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff's Office are asking motorists to help keep the county's roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 to report a suspected drunk driver, dangerous speeding or aggressive driving.
Callers should be prepared to provide dispatchers a description of the vehicle, its location and direction of travel.
For more information on the DUII enforcement campaign: Det. Rick Bojorquez, Polk County Sheriff's Office, 503-623-9251.