Issaquah police plans increased DUI patrols during holiday
December 24, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 24, 2009
Issaquah police and officers from 25 other law enforcement agencies will increase DUI patrols through Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
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 Christmas Day, Dec. 26 and New Year’s Eve.
X-52 patrols started a week before the holiday, when the Issaquah Police Department and other agencies stepped up DUI enforcement.
Traffic crashes claimed the lives of 94 people in King County last year, and seriously injured another 699 people.
Officers who participated in the King County patrols through 2008-09 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; 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.