Issaquah police plan extra DUI enforcement for Cinco de Mayo
May 2, 2012
NEW — 1:30 p.m. May 2, 2012
Local law and public health enforcement agencies asked revelers to toast Cinco de Mayo responsibly as the holiday approached.
Statewide, law enforcement agencies and the Issaquah Police Department plan to embark on a campaign to nab drunken drivers on the holiday, Saturday.
Local law enforcement agencies, plus the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Washington State Patrol, scheduled extra DUI officers and troopers to remove dangerous drivers from the road. Law enforcement officers also plan to visit bars to ensure responsible service.
Latino community leaders from the Mexican Consulate in Seattle, El Centro de la Raza, SeaMar Community Health Centers and Consejo Counseling & Referral joined Public Health – Seattle & King County and Target Zero Teams to support the traffic safety effort.
“Please celebrate this Cinco de Mayo with enthusiasm and responsibility,” Mexican Consul Alejandro Garcia-Moreno said.
In addition to Issaquah police and the Washington State Patrol, officers in nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, Renton 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 Teams provide extra DUI enforcement patrols to support the Strategic Highway Safety Plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries statewide by 2030.
Target Zero Teams funding is provided through a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
“We see too many crashes involving impaired drivers who did not plan a safe ride home,” said Chief John Cheesman, Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force chairman. “If you know someone who plans to party with booze to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, ask them how they are getting home safely.”