Local police target holiday season DUIs

November 27, 2012

By Staff

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 throughout the holiday season.

The state patrol, Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies statewide launched the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI crackdown Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.

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 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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