Additional law enforcement officers in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties will be actively patrolling the roads over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend looking for impaired drivers.
“Don’t press your luck this weekend. Make sure you and your friends get home safely,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver, ride the bus or take a cab.”
The Washington State Liquor Control Board will be visiting local bars to educate employees about the extra DUI patrols and responsible service. Officers will hand out “Click 2 Ride” cards with information about taxi services that bars can share with patrons.
“We want to get the word out so people can make safe choices for themselves and their patrons,” said Lieutenant Woodrow Perkins, Washington State Liquor Control Board.
More than 40 percent of all traffic deaths in Washington State involve an impaired driver.
Extra patrols are coordinated throughout the state by Target Zero Managers with support from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. This work is part of an ongoing partnership with law enforcement, public health and community partners to reach the Washington State Target Zero goal of eliminating all fatal and serious injury crashes by 2030.
Participating agencies in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties include the Arlington, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Granite Falls, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Newcastle, North Bend, Port of Seattle, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, Tulalip Tribal, University Place, and Woodinville Police Departments, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Washington State Patrol.