Issaquah Police Department joins Click It or Ticket patrols

May 15, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. May 15, 2012

Issaquah police officers plan to urge motorists to buckle up — or else — on Click It or Ticket patrols from May 21 to June 3.

The patrols start as public safety officials celebrate the 10th anniversary of Washington’s primary seat belt law. Officials estimate the law requiring motorists to buckle up has saved 1,010 lives.

Besides the Issaquah Police Department, 37 agencies in Western Washington plan to look for unbuckled motorists and passengers.

Violators face a $124 fine for not wearing a seat belt.

Washington state is a leader in seat belt use in the United States with 97.5 percent of motorists wearing seat belts — up 82 percent since the primary seat belt law took effect in 2002.

Statewide, traffic deaths declined from 658 in 2002 to 455 in 2011.

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Issaquah police plan extra DUI enforcement for Cinco de Mayo

May 2, 2012

NEW — 1:30 p.m. May 2, 2012

Local law and public health enforcement agencies asked revelers to toast Cinco de Mayo responsibly as the holiday approached.

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

Local law enforcement agencies, plus the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Washington State Patrol, scheduled extra DUI officers and troopers to remove dangerous drivers from the road. Law enforcement officers also plan to visit bars to ensure responsible service.

Latino community leaders from the Mexican Consulate in Seattle, El Centro de la Raza, SeaMar Community Health Centers and Consejo Counseling & Referral joined Public Health – Seattle & King County and Target Zero Teams to support the traffic safety effort.

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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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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.

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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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.

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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.”

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State, partners target distracted driving for National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 18, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Oct. 18, 2011

Officials plan to highlight teenage motorists’ districted-driving stories during National Teen Driver Safety Week.

For National Teen Driver Safety Week, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission joined State Farm and Clear Channel Radio to develop a project aimed at reducing distracted-driving collisions among teens.

The annual observance is celebrated through Saturday.

Radio announcers on Clear Channel stations popular among teenagers — KUBE-FM and KISS-FM — plan to solicit personal stories from teens about distracted-driving experiences. Organizers plan to then develop the stories into YouTube videos and radio public-service announcements.

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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.

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