Troopers nab impaired St. Patrick’s Day drivers

March 18, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 12:30 p.m. March 18, 2011

Post-St. Patrick’s Day hangovers started early for some drivers Thursday night and Friday morning, as state troopers arrested 29 motorists for driving under the influence.

Troopers made the arrests in a 12-hour period — including at least one arrest along Interstate 90 near Issaquah — and reported no fatality collisions.

The state patrol added four troopers to the regular patrol to crack down on impaired drivers. In addition, state patrol King County Target Zero team members usually work Thursday evenings, including St. Patrick’s Day.

DUI arrests made in the 12-hour period starting at 5 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day totaled more than double what the agency has arrested on any Thursday night so far in 2011.

Issaquah police officers did not make any alcohol-related arrests on the holiday.

Several troopers investigated a serious injury hit-and-run accident just after midnight at the Mount Baker Tunnel.

During holidays or special events with a history of serious injury and deadly collisions related to drinking and driving, law enforcement agencies step up enforcement to catch impaired drivers.

Target Zero Teams include more than 35 police agencies in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Several additional agencies participated in the patrols in King County on St. Patrick’s Day.

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