Issaquah police join DUI crackdown Friday

December 14, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 1 p.m. Dec. 14, 2010

Issaquah police and other law enforcement officers plan to step up traffic safety patrols Friday and Saturday during the Night of 1,000 Stars.

The stars symbolize the badges worn by on-duty law enforcement officers. The upcoming patrol marks the 20th year of the Night of 1,000 Stars emphasis patrol.

The effort is set up to remove impaired drivers from local roads. Officers also plan to be on the lookout for people speeding, driving aggressively, not wearing a seatbelt, using mobile phones illegally or violating other traffic laws.

“Let’s all work to make this a safe holiday season for our families and communities. Last year, 265 people were killed in Washington in impaired driver involved crashes,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a statement. “If you drink, make plans for a sober ride before going out and see that your friends have a safe ride home as well.”

Police in Bellevue, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Redmond, Seattle and Snoqualmie, plus the Washington State Patrol, plan to participate in the Night of 1,000 Stars patrol.

Local officers, troopers and deputies on stepped-up patrols more than 6,200 impaired drivers in King County since 1999.

Issaquah is part of the King County Target Zero Task Force. The county honored Issaquah officers for participation in the program in June.

The group has brought together law enforcement and public health agencies, plus community partners, to reduce traffic deaths and injuries through extra patrols and other efforts.

Participants in the task force and the state Traffic Safety Commission aim to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.

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