Washington State Patrol reminds motorists to avoid holiday DUIs

November 21, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 21, 2012

Thanksgiving ranks at No. 2 in King County for the holiday with the most arrests for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Washington State Patrol troopers urged revelers not to turn celebration into stress by driving under the influence Thursday, Thanksgiving, and throughout the holiday season.

“At the end of the day, targeting behavior that kills and injures is truly what matters,” state patrol Capt. Chris Gundermann, District 2 commander, said in a statement.

In 2011, troopers in King County made 22 arrests for DUI on Thanksgiving. The number puts the holiday second only to New Year’s Day for the number of DUI arrests on a holiday. The arrests last Thanksgiving included four collisions without injuries and a minor collision with injuries.

So far in 2012, 19 fatal traffic accidents have occurred countywide. Troopers said DUI caused roughly half of King County’s fatal collisions.

The state patrol said every fatality collision incurs $6.2 million in societal costs. If a motorist escapes from a DUI arrest uninjured, he or she can face more than $20,000 in fees and fines.

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