Issaquah police to join St. Patrick’s Day DUI crackdown

March 2, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. March 2, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day could be unlucky for impaired motorists.

Statewide, law enforcement agencies and the Issaquah Police Department plan to embark on a campaign to nab drunken drivers before, during and after the holiday.

The effort starts March 9 and runs through March 18, the day after St. Patrick’s Day. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Issaquah and King County roads, as Issaquah police 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 310 people for DUI during the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement effort last year.

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Police plan anti-DUI blitz for Super Bowl Sunday

February 2, 2012

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Feb. 2, 2012

Expect to see extra police cruisers on roads in Issaquah and King County as officers look for impaired drivers on Super Bowl Sunday.

The evening of the Super Bowl game is historically a dangerous time on Washington roads due to the high number of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police in Issaquah plan to participate in the anti-DUI blitz. Officers in nearby cities and Washington State Patrol troopers plan to participate, too.

“Make the right call and choose a safe ride home this weekend,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, in the statement. “Before your party begins, designate a sober driver, ride the bus or take a cab.”

Half of all traffic deaths in Washington state on the Super Bowl evening involved impaired drivers. Since 2009, police arrested 191 people for DUI on Super Bowl Sunday in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

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New Year’s holiday weekend leads to DUI arrests

January 10, 2012

State troopers arrested 253 people suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the New Year’s holiday weekend.

“It is always the hope that the new year starts with people driving safe and sober,” Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said in a statement. “But, I am proud that our troopers are out ensuring impaired drivers are taken off the roads.”

The number of people arrested statewide for DUI by troopers during the holiday weekend decreased from the 286 people arrested for DUI during the same period in 2010. The total from the 2011 holiday weekend includes 32 people involved in DUI collisions.

The holiday weekend started at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 and ended at midnight Jan. 2.

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Troopers arrest 161 motorists for DUI during holiday weekend

January 3, 2012

State troopers arrested 161 motorists suspecting of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during Christmas weekend.

The figure is down from the 194 arrests troopers made during the period last year. The tally does not include arrests made by local law enforcement agencies, although the Issaquah Police Department is participating in holiday season drunken driving patrols.

“We’re going in the right direction, but these numbers are still too high,” Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said in a statement. “There’s just no excuse for putting yourself and others at risk by driving while impaired.”

The state patrol noted three fatal collisions during the holiday weekend. Troopers believe alcohol or drugs contributed to the death of a 47-year-old Chehalis man on State Highway 2 in Snohomish County. Investigators said the driver went around barricades and drove onto a pedestrian walkway, killing a man and injuring another.

No fatal collisions occurred during the same period in 2010.

Through Nov. 30, state troopers had arrested 20,130 motorists for DUI for the year — or up about 1 percent from the same period in 2010.

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Washington State Patrol urges revelers to plan for safe New Year’s travel

December 29, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011

State troopers asked motorists to plan ahead for safe travels during the New Year’s weekend.

Before revelers bid farewell to 2011 and ring in 2012, the Washington State Patrol asked the public to make the weekend as safe as possible on local roadways. For revelers planning on drinking to celebrate the holiday, troopers recommended a plan to get home safely and not to drink and drive.

Troopers plan to continue a holiday season drunken driving enforcement through the holiday weekend. The DUI crackdown also includes the Issaquah Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.

Troopers asked motorists call 911 if they encounter a dangerous driver. Callers should be prepared to provide the location and direction of travel, description and license of the vehicle and the driving behavior that brought attention to the vehicle.

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Troopers arrest 161 motorists for DUI during holiday weekend

December 28, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Dec. 28, 2011

State troopers arrested 161 motorists suspecting of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during Christmas weekend.

The figure is down from the 194 arrests troopers made during the period last year. The tally does not include arrested made by local law enforcement agencies, although the Issaquah Police Department is participating in holiday season drunken driving patrols.

“We’re going in the right direction, but these numbers are still too high,” Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said in a statement. “There’s just no excuse for putting yourself and others at risk by driving while impaired.”

The state patrol noted three fatal collisions during the holiday weekend. Troopers believe alcohol or drugs contributed to the death of a 47-year old Chehalis man on State Highway 2 near the Hewitt Avenue trestle in Snohomish County.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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