For the past 20 years, law enforcement agencies throughout Washington have conducted “Night of 1,000 Stars” impaired driving traffic safety emphasis patrols. Each star symbolizes the badge worn by an on duty law enforcement officer. This year’s patrol, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18, is dedicated to our fallen officers, those than continue to protect and serve, and our DUI Victims and their families.
This statewide enforcement will remove impaired drivers from our roads. Impaired driving caused by alcohol – or some other drug – is the primary reason why people die in motor vehicle crashes. Officers will also be on the lookout for people who speed, drive aggressively, are not wearing a seatbelt, or violate other traffic laws. Wintertime driving can be hazardous. When mixed with alcohol or drugs it becomes deadly.
Remember to celebrate safely:
· Avoid beverages with alcohol
· Make plans for a sober ride home before going out
· Arrange to stay overnight
· Use a taxi
· Take the car keys of impaired friends and arrange a safe ride home for them
The “Night of 1,000 Stars” is a cooperative effort involving the statewide Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Forces, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, and law enforcement agencies throughout Washington State.