Police caught more than 600 drunk drivers in Pierce County during its annual Drive Hammered, Get Nailed patrol during the holiday season.
According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, law enforcement officers arrested 606 drivers in Pierce County and 3,577 drivers statewide between Nov. 25 and Jan. 2.
The annual Drive Hammered, Get Nailed patrol focuses of drunk drivers during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays when drinking and driving is more prominent. The increase in drunk drivers is attributed to holiday parties where alcohol is present and the increased number of drivers on vacation from school and work.
The increased patrols were funded by the Washington state Traffic Safety Commision.
“Participating agencies included the Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place police departments, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol,” according to news reports.
As a Seattle car accident attorney, I’m shocked to hear about how many people were drinking in driving in the campaign that only lasted a little more than a month. Impaired drivers killed more than half of the 491 people who died in traffic crashes in Washington in 2009, according to commission statistics. I urge everyone planning on drinking to have a designated driver or to plan another way of getting home, like taking a cab.
If you have been injured in a drinking and driving car accident, contact a Seattle car accident attorney.