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County has zero traffic fatalities in November, December
The results are in from the recent "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" DUI enforcement campaign, conducted from Nov. 27, 2013, through Jan. 1, 2014.
Preliminary data for Snohomish County shows that 206 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 2,723 drivers for DUI. Snohomish County had zero traffic fatalities in November or December of 2013.
Last year in Snohomish County, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 401 people for DUI.
In Snohomish County, the Arlington and Marysville police departments teamed up with those of Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo — as well as the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Washington State Patrol — to participate in the extra DUI 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.
The holiday season is an important time for these patrols, given the number of holiday festivities that often involve alcohol.
These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero, which is striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, log onto www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found by visiting www.wtsc.wa.gov.