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.

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2 Responses to “Issaquah police plans increased DUI patrols during holiday”

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  2. Kevin on December 25th, 2009 11:48 am

    Its interesting that you list the deaths and accident rate, Implying that they all are due to drunk driving. Isn’t true that its only 33% are alcohol related, meaning some one had alcohol, not necessariy caused by being drunk. and how much social damage and suicides did all those arrest cost.

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