- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SELMA, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is considering temporarily banning alcohol use on the Illinois River corridor in southwest Oregon.

Officials with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest say a temporary ban is needed to restore safety to the river corridor and to make it more family-friendly and desirable to visitors.

Spokeswoman Chamise Kramer said Tuesday the order implementing the ban is coming, but has not yet been signed. The ban would be effective through Sept. 30.

The agency says broken glass litters beaches that provide river access, and reports of public drunkenness and accidents associated with over-consumption of alcohol are common.

There will also be increased law enforcement on the corridor. Patrols are already happening on Illinois River Road.

Violating the ban could result in up to 6 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.


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