Police plan extra DUI patrols for Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2011
NEW — 10 a.m. May 5, 2011
Police plan to fan out across King County roads Thursday to search for intoxicated Cinco de Mayo motorists.
Holidays, such as Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick’s Day, tend to be particularly high-risk times for crashes to occur due to the amount of alcohol consumption.
Target Zero teams from the Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies throughout the county plan to watch for impaired drivers Thursday night and early Friday morning.
“Impaired drivers kill and seriously injure hundreds of people across King County each year,” Bellevue Police Department Lt. Marcia Harnden said in a release. “We are serious about removing these dangerous drivers from the road. Please designate a sober driver, take a taxi or bus.”
Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s victory against invading French military forces during the 1862 Battle of Puebla. In the United States, the holiday is a joyful celebration for Mexican-Americans observed with parades, music, folklore, dances and food. Recently, Cinco de Mayo has also been adopted as a holiday by others, particularly young adults, as a day for parties and drinking.
Target Zero Teams provide extra traffic enforcement patrols to support the state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The plan aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by the year 2030. Target Zero Teams funding is provided through a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Troopers nabbed 29 motorists for driving under the influence during Target Zero patrols on St. Patrick’s Day in March.