Issaquah Police Department joins holiday DUI patrols

November 20, 2012

By Staff

Issaquah police officers plan to join a national push to pull drunken drivers from local roads during the holiday season.

The agency is joining other police departments in King County, Washington and across the United States from Nov. 21 through Jan. 1 in Washington’s initial participation in a national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

During the most recent DUI crackdown statewide, officers arrested 1,603 motorists for DUI from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. The total includes 364 motorists arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in King County.

Besides the Issaquah Police Department, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign includes the nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Renton police departments, in addition to the Washington State Patrol.

The local effort is organized and supported through the King County Target Zero Task Force, a regional push to crack down on unsafe driving practices.

Washington Traffic Safety Commission Director Darrin Grondel urged motorists to plan ahead during the holiday season.

“Don’t let a DUI ruin your holidays,” he said in a statement. “Before you leave home for a holiday party, think about how everyone can get home safely. Designate a sober driver, take a taxi, stay the night.”

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