Troopers make 57 DUI arrests during holiday weekend

July 8, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11 a.m. July 8, 2010

State troopers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties arrested almost 60 people for driving under the influence during the Fourth of July weekend.

The crackdown came as part of Target Zero, a statewide plan to eliminate traffic deaths and traffic-related serious injuries by 2030.

Troopers on the Target Zero patrols arrested 57 impaired drivers. The total includes four arrests by the Bellevue Police Department as part of the Target Zero team.

Issaquah police officers participated in the multi-agency effort, but did not make any impaired-driving arrests during the holiday weekend.

Troopers not participating in the Target Zero patrols arrested another 52 impaired drivers in the three-county area.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said the numbers reflect the warning given at the Target Zero kickoff last week.

“We said it and we meant it,” he said in a news release. “If you choose to drink and drive in King, Pierce or Snohomish counties, your chances of being caught and convicted are now much higher.”

The state patrol received a report of a single fatal collision during the weekend, but investigators do not yet know if alcohol played a role in the accident.

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