DUI crackdown continues through holiday

December 27, 2011

Police urged motorists to consider a designated driver on New Year’s Eve as a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers continues through the holiday season.

The effort runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown. The seasonal campaign started on Thanksgiving.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

Read more

Tweets to accompany state patrol’s DUI emphasis

November 23, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 23, 2011

The state patrol is offering regular Joes and Janes a chance to join a trooper on a ride-a-long — sorta.

Twitter users can hop inside a Washington State Patrol cruiser during a “virtual ride-a-along” Saturday as troopers conduct drunken driving emphasis patrols.

Jessica James, a civil service employee at the agency, plans to join Trooper Guy Gill during the patrol and tweet from the patrol cruiser. Followers can receive information from real-life traffic stops as the events unfold between 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday.

The agency said the “virtual ride-a-along” is a valuable opportunity for citizens to learn about traffic violations, field sobriety tests, traffic collisions and more.

Use the hashtag #WSPtweetalong to join in the conversation or ask questions. Follow @wspd1pio to join the social media event.

Holiday season is far from merry for drunken drivers

November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving is the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

The effort starts Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

Officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI during the same period last year.

In addition to Issaquah police and the Washington State Patrol, officers in nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Renton, Sammamish 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 managers coordinate the extra patrols. In addition, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission provides support.

Target Zero’s goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries statewide by 2030.

Holiday season is far from merry for drunken drivers

November 15, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2011

Thanksgiving is the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

The effort starts Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

Officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI during the same period last year.

In addition to Issaquah police and the Washington State Patrol, officers in nearby Bellevue, Newcastle, North Bend, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie plan to participate in the extra DUI enforcement.

Read more

Troopers remind motorists to wake up to drowsy driving dangers

November 8, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 8, 2011

State troopers urged motorists to wake up to the dangers of drowsy driving to launch Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.

In addition to drunken driving and distracted driving, drowsy driving can cause devastating effects on Washington roadways.

In 2010, drowsy driving caused 17 deaths and 74 seriously injured motorists in Washington. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate drowsy driving results in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and more than 100,000 accidents nationwide each year.

“It always breaks my heart to hear that someone was killed or injured because a driver fell asleep at the wheel; these are totally preventable deaths and collisions,” Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said in a statement.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week runs through Saturday.

Read more

Police trick-or-treat for Halloween DUI suspects

October 29, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 29, 2011

Extra law enforcement officers in Issaquah and elsewhere in King and Pierce counties fanned out on local roads Halloween weekend to search for impaired motorists.

Halloween is a historically dangerous holiday on local roads due to the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The extra patrols started Friday evening and continue throughout the weekend. Halloween is Monday.

“Impaired drivers are the scariest things on our roads this weekend,” Dr. David Fleming, Public Health – Seattle & King County director and health officer, said in a statement. “Treat everyone to a fun and safe Halloween by driving sober or planning a safe ride home. Designate a sober driver, ride a bus or use cabs this weekend.”

Read more

Mayor Ava Frisinger unveils 2012 city budget

October 4, 2011

Construction could start on a long-planned park along Issaquah Creek, North Issaquah landowners and the city could partner to tackle transportation problems, and police could step up traffic enforcement if the City Council approves the 2012 municipal budget Mayor Ava Frisinger unveiled Oct. 3.

Frisinger offered a $32 million general fund budget — dollars used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

The proposal is not as austere as the budgets Frisinger proposed in recent years. The council adopted a $30.4 million general fund budget in 2011. The increase stems in part from increased debt payments on council-issued bonds for city construction projects.

The proposal does not call for a property tax or rate increases. The council last raised the property tax rate in 2007. Under state law, council members could increase the rate 1 percent per year.

Frisinger’s announcement launched at least a month of deliberations between council members and city staffers to craft a complete budget. The council is required to adopt the budget before Dec. 31.

Read more

Police arrest 1,824 for DUI during recent crackdown

September 13, 2011

Officers from the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the state arrested more than 1,800 motorists for drunken driving during the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed enforcement campaign from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5.

In King County, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 452 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,824 drivers for DUI.

Officials said more than 40 percent of the DUI traffic deaths occur in Washington during the summer.

The funding for extra patrols originated as a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Find local, regional DUI patrol locations online

August 30, 2011

State traffic officials revealed the locations of planned driving under the influence patrols on a website for motorists.

Before hitting the road, head to http://watikileaks.com to find police patrols in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The interactive map includes dates, times and locations for planned DUI patrols, such as the emphasis on Issaquah roads during Labor Day weekend.

Though sharing information to help motorists potentially avoid tickets and arrests might seem counterintuitive, officials said the website is another method to promote safe and sober driving on a community level.

The website also features a mobile version, so users can view the information on smart phones, and sharing options to post information to Twitter or Facebook.

Local traffic safety task forces participating in Target Zero teams post information on the website.

Washington Traffic Safety Commission officials announced the site’s launch Aug. 23.

Find local, regional DUI patrol locations online

August 24, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2011

State traffic officials revealed the locations of planned driving under the influence patrols on a website for motorists.

Before hitting the road, steer to waTikiLeaks.com to find police patrols in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The interactive map includes dates, times and locations for planned DUI patrols, such as the emphasis on Issaquah roads during Labor Day weekend.

Though sharing information to help motorists potentially avoid tickets and arrests might seem counterintuitive, officials said the website is another method to promote safe and sober driving on a community level.

The website also features a mobile version, so users can view the information on smart phones, and sharing options to post information to Twitter or Facebook.

Read more

« Previous PageNext Page »