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Target Zero team warns against drinking and driving while attending summer festivals

The Snohomish County DUI and Target Zero Task Force wants everyone to support and attend local community festivals this summer, but also would like to remind attendees to choose safe rides home if they decide to consume alcohol.

Area businesses and those working in beer gardens want everyone to have fun, but also work very hard to make sure no one is over-served and no one drives impaired. Ultimately, however, the decision rests with the individual.

To be sure everybody has a safe ride home, Snohomish County law enforcement working on Target Zero teams have received extra grant funding to patrol roadways looking for impaired drivers. Deputies will be out in force during the Kla Ha Ya Days, Aquafest, Taste of Edmonds, Lighthouse Festival, Tour d' Terrace, Festival of the River and more.

"We want everyone to be on the same team — the Target Zero team," said Tracy McMillan, Snohomish County's DUI and Target Zero Task Force manager. "Have a great time with friends and family this summer, volunteer to be a designated driver, don't allow anyone to drive impaired, and set a good example for your children and teenage drivers."

McMillan's tips to get home safely are as follows:

• If you drink, don't drive.

• Have a designated non‐drinking driver available.

• Plan ahead for a taxi to get home.

• Stay wherever you are participating in the festivities, but don't drive.

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