Holiday DUI crackdown starts on Thanksgiving
November 21, 2010
NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 21, 2010
Thanksgiving marks the start of a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers during the holiday season.
The effort — called Drive Hammered, Get Nailed — starts Thursday and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on King County roads.
“In Washington, impaired driving is still the most frequent contributing factor in deadly collisions,” Lowell Porter, director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, said in a statement. “During this time of year with holiday parties and celebrations, we urge everyone to plan ahead and choose a safe ride home.”
Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday party-goers to designate a sober driver, take a taxi or choose not to drink alcohol.
The average blood alcohol level of people arrested in Washington for DUI is about .14. The legal limit is .08.