Holiday Drunk Driving Campaign Has Nearly 4,000 Offenders

More than 3,570 drivers were arrested during the holiday campaign aimed at keeping intoxicated drivers off the road, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Across Washington state, 3,577 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to news reports.

The campaign ran from Nov. 25 through Sunday, during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Washington State Patrol said the campaign was to address the increased number of drunk drivers on the road during the holiday season.

Patrols participating in the campaign included those from Grandview, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Union Gap, Yakima, Selah, Moxee, Yakama Nation, and Wapato police departments, the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office 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.