Holiday Season Brings Extra DUI Patrols.

And so it begins.  Again.

Revelers should keep an eye on their cocktail consumption, as law enforcement will be putting extra time into finding drunk drivers this holiday season, starting Thursday, Nov. 24.

State Patrol troopers, police officers and sheriff’s deputies are conducting extra DUI patrols from Thanksgiving to Jan. 2, in an effort to reduce injuries and deaths caused by drunken driving.

Officers in Whatcom County arrested 151 people for driving under the influence during the same period of increased patrols last year. The enforcement is part of Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2030.

My advice?  Take a taxi!  Paying $10-$50 for a ride home is MUCH cheaper than $5K in attorney fees, fines, suspended license costs, evaluations, and treatment.