Holiday season is far from merry for drunken drivers
November 22, 2011
Thanksgiving is the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.
The effort starts Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.
Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.
Officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI during the same period last year.
In addition to Issaquah police and the Washington State Patrol, officers in nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie plan to participate in the extra DUI enforcement.
The anti-DUI effort is organized under the aegis of the King County Target Zero Task Force, a regional effort to crack down on unsafe driving practices. Target Zero managers coordinate the extra patrols. In addition, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission provides support.
Target Zero’s goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries statewide by 2030.