Troopers plan anti-DUI blitz for Super Bowl Sunday

February 1, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 2011

Target Zero Teams in King County plan to tackle drunken driving on Super Bowl Sunday.

Washington State Patrol troopers plan to fan out on state roads across the county in the hours after Super Bowl XLV.

“Fans don’t let fans drive drunk,” WSP Chief John Batiste said in a release. “Baseball has the designated hitter. On Super Bowl Sunday we need designated drivers to make sure their fellow fans get home safely.”

The agency also encouraged motorists to call 911 to report suspected impaired drivers. Under state law, drivers can use mobile phones to report emergencies to 911.

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Holiday DUI crackdown starts on Thanksgiving

November 21, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 21, 2010

Thanksgiving marks the start of a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers during the holiday season.

The effort — called Drive Hammered, Get Nailed — starts Thursday and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on King County roads.

“In Washington, impaired driving is still the most frequent contributing factor in deadly collisions,” Lowell Porter, director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, said in a statement. “During this time of year with holiday parties and celebrations, we urge everyone to plan ahead and choose a safe ride home.”

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Police join summer DUI crackdown

August 17, 2010

Issaquah police and more than 100 other law enforcement agencies started a statewide crackdown on drunken driving last week, as part of the largest-ever summer DUI enforcement push.

The extra patrols — part of the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign — continue through Sept. 6. The campaign started Aug. 12.

The state experiences the greatest number of alcohol- or drug-impaired, driver-involved traffic deaths between July and September. In order to combat the problem, 178 agencies statewide signed on to the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed effort from the state Traffic Safety Commission.

Between 2000-09, 31 percent of impaired-driving deaths occurred in summer. Labor Day weekend averages more than seven deaths each year.

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Issaquah police join summer DUI crackdown

August 12, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 12, 2010

Issaquah police and more than 100 other law enforcement agencies started a statewide crackdown on drunken driving Thursday, as part of the largest-ever summer DUI enforcement push.

The extra patrols — part of the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign — continue through Sept. 6.

The state experiences the greatest number of alcohol- or drug-impaired driver-involved traffic deaths between July and September. In order to combat the problem, 178 agencies statewide signed on to the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed effort from the state Traffic Safety Commission.

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Police officers honored for anti-DUI program

June 8, 2010

King County honored four Issaquah police officers last week for efforts to make local and county roads safer.

County Executive Dow Constantine and Sheriff Sue Rahr honored Issaquah officers Andy Rohrbach, Ryan Raulerson, Brian Horn and Tom Griffith, as well as officers, deputies and troopers from 27 other local law enforcement agencies.

Issaquah Police officers Tom Griffith (left, in front row), Andrew Rohrbach (center) and Brian Horn (second from right in front row) join other law enforcement officers and King County Executive Dow Constantine (right, in front row) at a ceremony promoting road safety. Contributed

The honorees received plaudits for efforts to reduce drunken driving through the X-52 patrols — enhanced DUI enforcement. Rohrbach coordinates the DUI patrol emphasis for the Issaquah Police Department.

The number of deaths from crashes dropped to 94, on average, in 2007 and 2008 from the average of 118 deaths from 2002 to 2006. Preliminary data shows the number of fatalities dropped to 76 last year. King County has the lowest traffic fatality rate in Washington.

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Issaquah officers honored for anti-drunken driving patrols

June 5, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 5, 2010

Four Issaquah police officers received special recognition Tuesday for efforts to make local and county roads safer.

King County leaders honored Issaquah officers Andy Rohrbach, Ryan Raulerson, Brian Horn and Tom Griffith, as well as other officers, deputies and troopers for efforts to reduce fatal traffic accidents.

The officers from the Issaquah Police Department and 27 other local law enforcement agencies received plaudits for efforts to reduce drunken driving through X-52 patrols — enhanced DUI enforcement. Rohrbach coordinates the DUI patrol emphasis for the Issaquah Police Department.

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Issaquah Police officers will be recognized for anti-DUI effort

May 25, 2010

Issaquah Police officers will be honored June 1 for stepping up patrols to spot intoxicated drivers.

The officers — Andy Rohrbach, Ryan Raulerson, Brian Horn and Tom Griffith — will be recognized alongside other officers, deputies and troopers assigned to the enhanced DUI patrols, known as X-52 patrols.

Rohrbach coordinates the DUI patrol emphasis for the Issaquah Police Department.

The ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. June 1 at the King County Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Ave., Seattle.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrest more than 40,000 motorists for driving under the influence each year.

Public Health – Seattle & King County and the King County Traffic Safety Coalition organize X-52 patrols in north King County, and the South King County Target Zero Task Force organizes patrols in the southern part of the county.

King County Target Zero Task Force leaders will honor the Issaquah officers.

Money for the X-52 patrols comes from the state Traffic Safety Commission. Target Zero is a plan to eliminate traffic deaths and traffic-related serious injuries in the state by 2030. Learn more about the plan here.

Issaquah Police officers will be recognized for anti-DUI effort

May 20, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. May 20, 2010

Issaquah Police officers will be honored June 1 for stepping up patrols to spot intoxicated drivers.

The officers — Andy Rohrbach, Ryan Raulerson, Brian Horn and Tom Griffith — will be recognized alongside other officers, deputies and troopers assigned to the enhanced DUI patrols, known as X-52 patrols.

Rohrbach coordinates the DUI patrol emphasis for the Issaquah Police Department.

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Plan ahead for holiday closures, schedule changes

December 31, 2009

UPDATED — 10:35 a.m. Dec. 31, 2009

Forget celebrating New Year’s Eve with fireworks.

The citywide fireworks ban remains in effect New Year’s Eve, although unincorporated King County residents may discharge fireworks from 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Officials reminded residents to set off only approved and legal fireworks purchased from reliable state- and King County Fire Marshal Division-licensed retailers. Learn more about fireworks regulations and safety here.

Police will also ensure merrymaking remains safe. Issaquah police and officers from 25 other law enforcement agencies will increase DUI patrols as New Year’s Eve turns to 2010.

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Issaquah police plans increased DUI patrols during holiday

December 24, 2009

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 24, 2009

Issaquah police and officers from 25 other law enforcement agencies will increase DUI patrols through Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

During the stepped-up patrols, known as X-52 patrols, officers will look for people who drive after drinking or using drugs, and arrest them.

King County law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol will work together to conduct DUI patrols on Christmas Day, Dec. 26 and New Year’s Eve.

X-52 patrols started a week before the holiday, when the Issaquah Police Department and other agencies stepped up DUI enforcement.

Traffic crashes claimed the lives of 94 people in King County last year, and seriously injured another 699 people.

Officers who participated in the King County patrols through 2008-09 made 5,061 contacts with dangerous drivers, wrote 3,619 traffic citations or infractions, and arrested 105 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Officers also made 14 arrests for felonies.

Public Health – Seattle & King County and the King County Traffic Safety Coalition organize the X-52 patrols in north King County; the South King County Target Zero Task Force organizes patrols in the southern part of the county.

Money for the X-52 patrols comes from the state Traffic Safety Commission. Target Zero is a plan to eliminate traffic deaths and traffic-related serious injuries in the state by 2030. Learn more about the plan here.