Issaquah police, other agencies plan increased DUI patrols

December 17, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 17, 2009

Issaquah police and officers from 25 other law enforcement agencies will increase DUI patrols through the weekend until Dec. 31.

During the stepped-up patrols, known as X-52 patrols, officers will look for people who drive after drinking or using drugs, and arrest them.

King County law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol will work together to conduct DUI patrols on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as Christmas, Dec. 26 and New Year’s Eve.

“Traffic crashes kill or seriously injure hundreds of people in King County each year,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a news release. “By driving sober or planning safe rides home, you can protect yourself, family and friends.”

Traffic crashes claimed 94 people in King County last year, and seriously injured another 699 people.

In a 2006 survey of Seattle drinkers, the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center found that one out of five drinkers admitted to driving after drinking too much at least once in the previous month.

Officers who participated in the King County patrols through last year and 2009 made 5,061 contacts with dangerous drivers, wrote 3,619 traffic citations or infractions and arrested 105 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Officers also made 14 arrests for felonies.

Public Health – Seattle & King County and the King County Traffic Safety Coalition organize the X-52 patrols in north King County, and the South King County Target Zero Task Force organizes patrols in the southern part of the county.

Money for the X-52 patrols comes from the state Traffic Safety Commission. Target Zero is a plan to eliminate traffic deaths and traffic-related serious injuries in the state by 2030. Learn more about the plan here.

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