DUI enforcement stepped up in Newcastle for Super Bowl

February 2, 2012

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NEW — 10:25 a.m. Feb. 2, 2012
Extra law enforcement will patrol Newcastle roads looking for impaired drivers on Feb. 4 as residents partake in festivities for Super Bowl Sunday. 

The evening of the Super Bowl game has historically been a dangerous time on Washington roads due to the high number of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a release from Public Health – Seattle & King County. The extra patrols will be taking place throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
 
“Make the right call and choose a safe ride home this weekend,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County in the statement. “Before your party begins, designate a sober driver, ride the bus or take a cab.”
Half of all traffic deaths in Washington state on the Super Bowl evening have involved an impaired driver. Since 2009, 191 people have been arrested for DUI on Super Bowl Sunday in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
 
“We want to get the word out so people can make safe choices this Sunday,” said John Cheesman, chief of the Fircrest Police Department and Chairman of the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force. “Watching the Super Bowl and all the commercials is a lot of fun, but when the game is over, fans who have been drinking need to make sure they don’t get behind the wheel.”
 
Target Zero Teams work to prevent and arrest impaired drivers through full-time state troopers and part-time officers from local agencies. Participating agencies include Target Zero Team officers and troopers from the Arlington, Auburn, Bellevue, Brier, Bothell, Edmonds, Everett, Federal Way, Granite Falls, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Monroe, Mukilteo, Newcastle, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Seattle, Snoqualmie, Tacoma, University Place and the Tulalip Tribal Police Departments, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Washington State Patrol.
 
Extra patrols are coordinated by Target Zero managers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, with support from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The work is part of an ongoing partnership with law enforcement, public health and community partners to reach the Washington State Target Zero goal of eliminating all fatal and serious injury crashes by 2030.
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