DUI patrols in force Labor Day weekend

Each summer in Washington, an average of 149 people die in traffic crashes. That is the deadliest season of the year on the state’s roads.

During all of 2016, impaired drivers were involved in crashes that resulted in 277 deaths and another 371 serious injuries. These crashes are tragic and adding to the tragedy, they are completely preventable.

That is why extra DUI patrols will be out statewide through Sept. 4. The patrols will be looking for drunk or drugged drivers and will uphold all traffic laws.

In Clallam and Jefferson Counties, the Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Sequim Police departments, the Clallam and Jefferson County Sheriff’s offices and the Washington State Patrol will be canvassing the roadways in search of impaired drivers.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is designed to encourage all drivers to make the right choice. Designate a sober, drug-free driver, take a cab, catch a ride share, Uber, Lyft or walk with a friend.

These extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com.