Submitted by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Pierce County – Law enforcement in Pierce County launched DUI emphasis patrols beginning December 11. They join more than 145 law enforcement agencies statewide adding patrols through January 2, searching for drivers who are impaired from alcohol, cannabis or other substances.
“Most people believe driving impaired is unacceptable and will make plans for a sober ride when celebrating this holiday season,” said Mark Medalen, program manager at the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC). “We encourage everyone to make a plan before they party, so they can return home safely.”
Participating in the patrols are:
- Bonney Lake Police Department
- Buckley Police Department
- DuPont Police Department
- Fife County Police Department
- Fircrest Police Department
- Gig Harbor Police Department
- Lakewood Police Department
- Milton Police Department
- Orting Police Department
- Pierce County Sheriff’s Office
- Puyallup Police Department
- Ruston Police Department
- Steilacoom Police Department
- Sumner Police Department
- Tacoma Police Department
- University Place Police Department
- Washington State Patrol
Nearly half of all traffic deaths in Washington involved an impaired driver. Drivers who are impaired from more than one substance (called poly-drug drivers), are the most common type of impaired driver involved in fatal crashes. The number of poly-drug drivers has increased an average of 15 percent every year since 2012. By 2016, poly-drug drivers were more than double the number of alcohol-only drivers and five times higher than the number of THC (cannabis)-only drivers involved in fatal crashes.
Said Sargant Farris of the Fife Police Department, “Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Don’t make that mistake. If you do, we will have the unfortunate job of arresting you.”
Said Medalen, “Eighty-one percent of Washingtonians don’t let friends drive impaired. Instead, they report that they let friends crash on their couch, call them a cab, arrange rideshare, or provide a designated driver. Giving the gift of a sober ride home means a safer and brighter holiday for everyone.”Print This Post