DUI enforcement stepped up in Newcastle for Super Bowl

February 2, 2012

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.”
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DUI patrols will increase for holidays

December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving was the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

The effort will continue through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Newcastle and King County roads, as the Newcastle Police Department, Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

Officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI during the same period last year.

In addition to Newcastle police, officers in nearby Issaquah, Bellevue, North Bend, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie plan to participate in the extra DUI enforcement.

The anti-DUI effort is organized under the King County Target Zero Task Force, a regional effort to crack down on unsafe driving practices. Target Zero managers coordinate the extra patrols. In addition, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission provides support.

Target Zero’s goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries statewide by 2030.

Holiday DUI patrols to begin on Thanksgiving Day

November 16, 2011

NEW — 2:15 p.m. Nov. 16, 2011

Thanksgiving is the launch date for a statewide campaign to nab drunken drivers throughout the holiday season.

The effort starts Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 2. The campaign means beefed-up DUI enforcement on Newcastle and King County roads, as the Newcastle Police Department, Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies join the crackdown.

Washington law enforcement officers advise all holiday partygoers to designate a sober driver, call a cab or choose not to drink alcohol.

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