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Police increasing patrols on Sauvie Island over holiday weekend

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The holiday weekend is upon us. But along with the fireworks and fun, are some very serious safety concerns - especially near some local beaches.

Police say the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is a spot they’ll be watching closely this weekend. In particular, the nearby beaches, where officers tend to see a lot of alcohol and drug-related crimes.

“There’s sand and water, what else could you want?” said beachgoer, Tara Dunn.

It's definitely a hot spot for people looking to get out of the city.

“It’s just a really chill place to spend the day,” Claire Kiefel adds.

But along with the picturesque backdrop of the Columbia River is some unsightly crime.

“There’s always a scent of weed in the air around here,” Dunn said of the beaches on Sauvie Island.

Reasons like this are why police plan to beef up patrol over the busy Fourth of July weekend.

“People get a little crazy around the holidays. The biggest thing for me, my concern is the water once people have been drinking,” beachgoer, Maesha Guyton told Fox 12.

Just last week in a 72-hour span, Oregon State Police arrested and cited nine people for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Some even had kids in the car at the time.

Troopers cited one person out on the water for boating under the influence.

Two teenagers were busted for smoking marijuana on the beach, one received a minor in possession citation.

Another person was caught selling Jello shots to underage beachgoers.

Along with alcohol and drug related crimes, last weekend was also peppered with car break-ins and reckless driving citations.

“I’m sure people will be doing all sorts of debauchery, but hopefully being safe,” Dunn said.

With a holiday weekend and beautiful weather on the way, officers say they’re hoping for the best, but preparing for more of the same.

“As long as people are drinking responsibly and knowing their limits, I think it could be a really nice place to spend the Fourth of July,” said Kiefel.

Just a reminder that if you do plan to visit Sauvie Island for Independence Day festivities, keep in mind the beaches and surrounding areas of the Wildlife Area close at 10 p.m.

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