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Results of holiday DUI enforcement patrols in Snohomish County announced

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The results of the holiday DUI enforcement campaign conducted from Nov. 24, 2011, through Jan. 2, 2012, have been released.

In Snohomish County, 397 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence, and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,812 drivers for DUI.

In Snohomish County, the Arlington, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo and Tulalip Tribal police departments, as well as the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol, participated in the extra emphasis patrols, with the support of the Snohomish County DUI & Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Last year during the same time period, officers in Snohomish County on routine and extra patrols arrested 409 people for DUI.

During 2010, drinking drivers killed 188 people, representing more than 40 percent of the 458 people who died on Washington's roadways.

Washington State Patrol Troopers arrested 253 people suspected of being impaired by drugs or alcohol during the New Year's holiday weekend alone.

Three people were killed in a collision on Highway 2 in Lincoln County on Jan. 1, 2012.

"It is always our hope that the New Year starts with people driving safe and sober," said State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. "But I am proud that our troopers are out ensuring impaired drivers are taken off the roads."

The number of people arrested statewide for DUI by troopers over the holiday weekend decreased compared to the 286 people who were arrested for DUI in 2010. Of the 253 people arrested in 2011, 32 were involved in DUI collisions.

The New Year's holiday weekend began at 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2011, and ended at midnight on Jan. 2, 2012.

The reduced number of arrests this past New Year's holiday weekend can be attributed to people choosing not to drink and drive.

For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov.

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