Washington State Patrol urges revelers to plan for safe New Year’s travel

December 29, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011

State troopers asked motorists to plan ahead for safe travels during the New Year’s weekend.

Before revelers bid farewell to 2011 and ring in 2012, the Washington State Patrol asked the public to make the weekend as safe as possible on local roadways. For revelers planning on drinking to celebrate the holiday, troopers recommended a plan to get home safely and not to drink and drive.

Troopers plan to continue a holiday season drunken driving enforcement through the holiday weekend. The DUI crackdown also includes the Issaquah Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.

Troopers asked motorists call 911 if they encounter a dangerous driver. Callers should be prepared to provide the location and direction of travel, description and license of the vehicle and the driving behavior that brought attention to the vehicle.

The state patrol offered celebration tips to people planning on drinking for the holiday.

  • Utilize a designated sober driver.
  • Choose a location to drink where you can stay the night.
  • Call a sober friend or family member for a ride.
  • Call a taxi.
Troopers arrested 161 motorists suspecting for DUI during Christmas weekend.
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