Washington State Patrol reports no holiday traffic deaths

January 14, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 14, 2010

Local and state law enforcement agencies — including the Issaquah Police Department — arrested 713 people for driving under the influence between Thanksgiving and last weekend, the Washington State Patrol announced Tuesday. The state patrol also reported no fatal collisions on King County highways during the 2009 holiday season.

Issaquah and other municipal police departments participated in stepped-up DUI patrols, known as X-52 patrols, during the holiday season. The holiday season push, conducted by the King County Holiday Enforcement Team, resulted in 256 arrests.

The team included seven additional troopers and an additional sergeant to patrol King County highways at night during the holiday season. The troopers enforced DUI, aggressive-driving and seatbelt laws.

The team worked in conjunction with several other King County police agencies as a part the X-52 patrols funded by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.

The only alcohol-related collision with injuries occurred just after noon Dec. 15 when a repeat DUI offender, a Newcastle woman, crossed the eastbound Interstate 90 center median near Preston and hit a westbound motorist, a North Bend woman, in a head-on crash.

Both drivers are hospitalized while they recover from their injuries. The repeat offender will likely face charges related to the crash, police said

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