FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2013
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
PULLMAN – As we approach St. Patrick's weekend, remember that celebrations that involve alcohol sometimes result in drunk drivers on our roads. So, after parties, barbeques, picnics, or an evening at the bar, don't drive if you have been drinking. Choose your ride! Take a taxi, designate a sober driver, or call a sober friend. Don't end up in the back of a police vehicle on your way to a night in jail!
DUI emphasis patrols will be held across Washington State on Friday and Saturday, March 15th and 16th. The purpose of the patrols is to take the impaired drivers off the roadways and to keep our roadways safe for everyone. The patrols are funded by a grant from Washington Traffic Safety Commission and supported locally by the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force. The Pullman Police Department, Whitman County Sheriff's Office, WSU Police Department, and the Colfax Police Department will be participating in these emphasis patrols.
In Whitman County, 36% (14 of 39) of all traffic deaths from 2006 through 2010 involved a motorist who was driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Who dies in impaired driver-involved crashes? More than half of those who died in these crashes were between 21 and 30 years old.
The goal of these DUI emphasis patrols is to have a St. Patrick's Day weekend free from DUI related injuries and fatalities. This goal will be attainable by all the agencies working together and by citizens making responsible choices. Remember, if you chose to drive impaired, your ride may well be a police car taking you to jail.
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