Washington DUI Report
According to local reports, the Washington state holiday DUI enforcement released results from its campaign that ran from November 24 through January 2. Officials were unanimously supportive of the efforts to curb DUI cases in their state, with representatives from virtually all areas of Skagit, Island, Whatcom, and Snohomish counties speaking out in support of the coordinated law enforcement campaign.
In Snohomish County, 397 motorists were pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence. Statewide, law enforcement arrested 3,812 drivers for DUI. The Arlington, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, and Tulalip Tribal Police Departments, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra emphasis patrols, with the support of the Snohomish County DUI & Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. A grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission funded the extra patrols.
During the same holiday period last year, officers in Snohomish County arrested 409 people for DUI-related offenses. During 2010, drunk drivers killed an estimated 188 people, a number that represents more than 40 percent of the 458 people who lost their lives on Washington’s roadways.