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Police Arrest 292 King County Motorists in 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Campaign

The DUI enforcement campaign supported additional patrol officers in Issaquah and Sammamish from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2 and was funded through a federal grant.

A Washington State Patrol trooper radioes dispatchers to check registration of a motorist. Credit: WSP
A Washington State Patrol trooper radioes dispatchers to check registration of a motorist. Credit: WSP

The results are in from the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign conducted from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2.

In King County, preliminary numbers show that 292 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,420 drivers for DUI. Last year in King County during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 374 people for DUI.

In King County, the Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Port of Seattle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seatac, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Tukwila and Woodinville Police Departments and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols, with the support of the King County Target Zero Task Force.

The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, funneled through the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

These patrols are important because August is one of the deadliest months on Washington’s roadways, including all causes of traffic fatalities.

These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.


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