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Police to beef up New Year patrol
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Police will conduct saturation patrols inside the city over the New Year holiday.

McMinnville Police will be conducting saturated patrols over the New Year holiday, dedicating their extra efforts to a couple who lost their lives to a drunk driver five years ago.

The patrols will be dedicated in the memory of Jesse and Vada Elam who were killed July 7, 2008 in Morrison when they were struck and killed by a drunk driver as they returned home from watching their grandchild play ball.

According to McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara, officers will be highly motivated to catch those who get behind the wheel while under the influence. "We will actively be pursuing impaired drivers by patrolling the streets and conducting traffic stops."

Mara said the saturation patrols allow officers to be at all parts of the city at once, thereby posing a risk to anyone who drinks and drives.

"By removing intoxicated drivers from the roadways we can decrease the potential for motor vehicle accidents," Mara noted.

Mara is encouraging everyone to buckle up for safety. Thanks to Dairy Queen, those who are properly restrained may find a bright lining at the end of their traffic stop.

"Dairy Queen has graciously provided free ice cream cone coupons which police will hand out during traffic stops if children were properly restrained," Mara revealed.

Anyone seeing motorists driving in an unsafe manner is urged to call police and report the behavior at 668-7000.