140 citations, warnings issued since Sauvie Island booze ban went into effect in May

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area photo courtesy ODFW

PORTLAND, Ore. – A seasonal ban on alcohol went into effect for the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area last month, and Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife officials said they’ve already issued more than 140 citations and warnings.

ODFW said they’ve seen an increase in alcohol-related problems on the island in recent years.

They proposed the alcohol ban in the hopes of reducing emergency calls, DUII arrests, and the overall need for first responders in the area.

The booze ban is only May through September, which is when wildlife officials say they handle the most incidents each year. The alcohol ban only covers the wildlife area and parking lots, but does not impact private property.

The maximum penalty for violating the alcohol ban is $6,250 in fines and up to a year in jail.

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