Police trick-or-treat for Halloween DUI suspects
October 29, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 29, 2011
Extra law enforcement officers in Issaquah and elsewhere in King and Pierce counties fanned out on local roads Halloween weekend to search for impaired motorists.
Halloween is a historically dangerous holiday on local roads due to the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The extra patrols started Friday evening and continue throughout the weekend. Halloween is Monday.
“Impaired drivers are the scariest things on our roads this weekend,” Dr. David Fleming, Public Health – Seattle & King County director and health officer, said in a statement. “Treat everyone to a fun and safe Halloween by driving sober or planning a safe ride home. Designate a sober driver, ride a bus or use cabs this weekend.”
The anti-DUI effort is organized and supported under the aegis of the King County Target Zero Task Force, a regional effort to crack down on unsafe driving practices.
Over the last three years, officers arrested 581 people for DUI during Halloween weekend in King and Pierce counties.
In 2009, almost half — 48 percent — of all national highway fatalities on Halloween night involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Target Zero managers in King and Pierce counties coordinate the extra patrols. In addition, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission provides support.
Target Zero’s goal is plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries statewide by 2030.
In addition to the Issaquah Police Department, Washington State Patrol troopers and the King County Target Zero Task Force plan to participate in the extra patrols. Police in nearby Bellevue, Renton and Snoqualmie plan to join in the Halloween anti-DUI effort, too.