‘Drive Sober’ campaign wraps up in Clallam

The results are in for the recent “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DUI enforcement campaign.

Sort of.


According to the report, preliminary numbers show from Aug. 16-Sept. 2 three Clallam motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), a notable drop from the results of the previous year when the police nailed 15 DUI drivers.


But don’t get too excited.


Campaign media contact Julie Furlong said the emphasis should be placed on “preliminary,” saying at this point they don’t know how many were pulled over and arrested in Clallam County.


Furlong said the breath tests are administered using mobile units and the results have to be read by a technician. “The technician has to physically go there,” she said.


Furlong said there are several


areas in the northern part of the state where for a number of reasons the instruments couldn’t be read.

“These numbers may change in six months or a year and a half,” she said.


In Clallam County, the Port Angeles and Sequim Police Departments, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols, with the support of the Clallam County DUI Target Zero Task Force. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.


Furlong said, “These patrols are important because August is one of the deadliest months on Washington’s roadways, including all causes of traffic fatalities.”


These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero — striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.


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