It’s that time of year again. Law enforcement agencies across the state are stepping up DUI patrols to help get impaired drivers off the road.
This weekend, Washington’s law enforcement agencies are launching a two-week statewide campaign to crack down on DUI’s. It’s made to coincide with “The 100 Deadliest Days” of Washington’s roads, streets and highways as far as DUI-related accidents are concerned. Statistics show that 30 percent of our traffic deaths across Washington state actually happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
In the last six years, 961 people have died on Washington’s roadways during the summer season from alcohol related accidents and other factors. Add this to the fact that 2013 has brought an increase in the number of high-profile DUI related traffic deaths in Western Washington.
Meanwhile, a new measure to strengthen Washington’s DUI laws is being argued in the state legislature as lawmakers continue their stalemate over the budget.