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Nearly 800 King County Drivers Arrested in DUI Campaign

The state's first "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative ran from Nov. 21 to Jan. 1.

The state's first "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" holiday DUI campaign resulted in the arrest of 795 drivers around King County and a total of 3,446 arrests statewide.

The effort ran from Nov. 21, 2012, to Jan. 1, 2013. Last year in King County, regular and extra patrols arrested 960 on suspicion of DUI during that same time period.

The following King County jurisdictions participated in the new campaign: Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Pacific, Port of Seattle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seatac, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Tukwila, and Woodinville Police Departments and the Washington State Patrol.

Extra patrols were funded through a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

—Information from a Washington Traffic Safety Commission news release

Dave in Washington January 06, 2013 at 06:40 AM
I work for an IID company. Job Security!
d yang January 06, 2013 at 07:44 AM
Forget your job security, its life security! There is many more going unnoticed! Keep up the good work king county police & arrest more drunken drivers!
Dave In Washington January 06, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Being forced to have an IID ensures the person driving has a BRAC less than 0.025. Now that all new installations will have cameras now, no more cheating by having passengers take the tests. That is good for safety sake as well as getting the message out there, take a cab home; much less expensive!
georgef January 06, 2013 at 11:50 PM
So, does the camera immediately do a face recognition analysis and prevent vehicle activation if there is no match? Or, is the photo merely stored for later retrieval? In the latter case, how often are the photos reviewed?
Margaret Santjer January 07, 2013 at 12:29 AM
georgef, this is from a story we recently published that explains the cameras: "Failures or attempts to tamper with the device get recorded by the machine’s software. The company that leases the interlocks downloads the information and in turn contacts the State Patrol." And here's a link to the full story: http://patch.com/A-0HBq

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