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Impaired driving campaign crosses borders for safety


July 3, 2012

To kick off a multi-state impaired driving enforcement campaign, Snohomish County law enforcement agencies will conduct emphasis patrols this weekend.

While the summer is a time for vacations, both from work and from school, it also often is a time for celebrations that occasionally result in impaired drivers. Snohomish County will be joining law enforcement agencies across the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Utah as well as parts of western British Columbia.

“No matter where you are the message will be the same, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon.

Between 2006 and 2010, nearly 50 percent of all fatalities had an impaired driver involved. To address the problem, law enforcement agencies from Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties, along with the Washington State Patrol, will have extra officers out looking for impaired drivers.

The goal is to raise awareness of the problem and encourage drivers to make arrangements for a safe ride home before they head out on the road.

Tips to get home safely include:

• 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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