End-of-summer DUI patrols added throughout King County

August 22, 2014

NEW — Noon Aug. 22, 2014

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road through Sept. 1 for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The annual effort aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

“Specifically, we want people to know that marijuana doubles the risk of a fatal crash,” Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission director, said in a news release. “With new retail marijuana stores in the mix, we want to remind the public that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as illegal and recreational drugs, can impair driving ability.”

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Firefighters work to prevent people texting while driving

July 29, 2014

The International Association of Eastside Fire Fighters recently launched the public safety campaign #JustifyIt, which asks, “Can you justify the next text message from your driver’s seat?”

#JustifyIt uses firefighters’ first-hand experience with texting and driving disasters to educate the community and keep the public safe from these violent accidents.

More than 1,000 people are injured every day due to texting while driving. Distracted drivers cause 3,000 deaths each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Drunken driving is about making choices

April 22, 2014

Everyone knows getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is not only a poor choice, but also illegal.

However, many students continue to make such dangerous decisions.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

In the most recent Healthy Youth Survey administered to Skyline High School sophomores in October 2012, 7 percent of students reported having driven drunk and 20 percent reported having ridden with a drunken driver within the past month.

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Bellevue officer pleads not guilty to Issaquah DUI

January 7, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Jan. 7, 2014

Bellevue Police Officer Andrew Hanke pleaded not guilty to DUI on Jan. 3 in Issaquah Municipal Court.

Hanke, who is  suspended from the force, was charged with a DUI after a drunken driving incident on Interstate 90.

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Patrols added to drive sober campaign

August 13, 2013

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2 for the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The national campaign, put on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Despite the fact that voters in the state of Washington voted to legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and older, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.

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Woman flees police in Issaquah, crashes vehicle in Snoqualmie

January 22, 2013

Police said a suicidal woman fled from a therapist’s office in Issaquah on Jan. 18 and then crashed a vehicle in Snoqualmie.

Issaquah officers responded to a business in the 22500 block of Southeast 64th Place at 7:37 p.m. after the woman, a 31-year-old Klahanie resident, made suicidal threats to her therapist.

Once officers arrived, the woman did not cooperate with police and fled eastbound on Interstate 90. Police advised the Washington State Patrol and the Snoqualmie Police Department about the woman’s last known location.

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Suicidal woman flees Issaquah, crashes vehicle in Snoqualmie

January 21, 2013

NEW — 9:15 a.m. Jan. 21, 2013

Police said a suicidal woman fled from a therapist’s office in Issaquah and then crashed a vehicle in Snoqualmie.

Officers responded to the 22500 block of Southeast 64th Place at 7:37 p.m. Jan. 18 after the woman, a 31-year-old Klahanie resident, made suicidal threats to her therapist.

The woman did not cooperate with police and fled eastbound on Interstate 90. Police advised the Washington State Patrol and the Snoqualmie Police Department about the woman’s last known location.

Moments later, a Snoqualmie police officer saw the woman crash a vehicle at the Exit 27 off-ramp from Interstate 90. The vehicle came to a stop in a wooded area after hitting a guardrail and roadside electrical box.

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Police bust 795 motorists for DUI during holiday crackdown

January 8, 2013

Police in Issaquah and King County busted 795 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a holiday season crackdown.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign included law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national level. The effort started Nov. 21 and lasted through New Year’s Day.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for DUI. In King County during the same period in 2011-12, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 960 people for DUI.

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Police bust 795 motorists for DUI during holiday season crackdown

January 4, 2013

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Jan. 4, 2013

Police in Issaquah and King County busted 795 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a holiday season crackdown.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign included law enforcement agencies at the local, state and national level. The effort started Nov. 21 and lasted through New Year’s Day.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for DUI. In King County during the same period in 2011-12, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 960 people for DUI.

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Offenders’ alcohol ignition interlocks include cameras

January 1, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013

Smile, motorists. Statewide, alcohol ignition interlocks feature cameras starting Jan. 1, in a bid to prevent other people from performing breath tests for the driver.

The camera snaps a picture whenever the device is used, to verify the driver is person performing the test. The law requires alcohol ignition interlocks for motorists accused or convicted of impaired driving.

The device requires a legal breath sample from the driver before allowing the vehicle to start.

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