DUI patrols to increase during holidays

Dec 05, 2012

Extra law enforcement will be working again this weekend to look for impaired drivers.

Members of the Snohomish County DUI and Target Zero Team will be targeting area roadways that have a high number of DUI collisions, as well as a high number of 911 calls reporting impaired drivers.

Recent DUI campaigns have increased the number of drivers using cabs or designating a sober driver, said Tracy McMillan, Snohomish County DUI and Target Zero Task Force manager.

“It is clear that our message of ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ is working,” she said. “Unfortunately, there are still some drivers who aren’t listening.”

Two deputies recently visited six drinking establishments to encourage patrons to get a safe ride home and to announce that there were extra DUI emphasis patrols in the area.

Despite the warnings, deputies later arrested an impaired driver who reported that she had been drinking at one of those establishments.

Another driver who was arrested had almost three times the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08, while another impaired driver was arrested and found to be on probation for a previous DUI conviction.

This past Saturday, Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) Officers worked in tandem with other law enforcement and cited four drinking establishments for over-service. Two were establishments that the deputies visited earlier in the night.

“There's been a lot of attention paid to DUI over the past 25 years, but there hasn't been the same attention to over-service of alcohol in our businesses,” said Thomas Dixon, enforcement captain for the WSLCB Northwest Washington.

“The public should know that bars and restaurants that over-serve face serious penalties and eventually revocation of their liquor license.”

-Edited by Beacon staff

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