Washington State Patrol to be on lookout for impaired drivers New Year’s weekend

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image004-640x300If you choose to drive while impaired this holiday weekend, the Washington State Patrol is committed to making sure you are arrested and successfully prosecuted.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is funding local emphasis patrols, in which troopers from the Washington State Patrol will work overtime to provide extra coverage at the hours when most DUI-related collisions occur. Since the emphasis patrols began on Nov. 25, WSP troopers have made 1,205 DUI arrests statewide.

“Every impaired driver we arrest and take off the road is a potential life saved,” said WSP Chief John Batiste. “Impaired driving accidents are preventable; the choice begins before you get behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

In the emphasis patrols, troopers are guided by data that helps predict the areas where DUIs are most likely to cause a tragedy.

Anyone who witnesses an impaired or dangerous driver is strongly encouraged to call 9-1-1 and report the incident immediately.

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