Holiday DUI crackdown starts on Thanksgiving

November 21, 2010

By Staff

NEW β€” 8 a.m. Nov. 21, 2010

Thanksgiving marks the start of a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers during the holiday season.

The effort β€” called Drive Hammered, Get Nailed β€” starts Thursday and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on King County roads.

β€œIn 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.

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