Memorial Day Weekend came and went, leaving us all wanting for more time with family and friends. But for some Washington drivers, Memorial Day resulted in very unpleasant encounters with law enforcement. Not a negative outcome, if you consider we’re much safer without intoxicated drivers roaming the streets of the Evergreen State.
District 4 troopers removed a dozen impaired drivers from our roads this #MemorialDay weekend.
The good news is we didn’t have to investigate any fatal crashes.
— Trooper J. Sevigney (@wspd4pio) May 28, 2019
According to the Washington State Patrol, law enforcement across the Inland Northwest are beginning to report numbers from their extended DUI patrols. The effort, which took place during Memorial Day, resulted in the removal of several impaired drivers. Thankfully, they didn’t report any fatal accidents.
In District 4, which includes Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman counties, officials said they removed 12 impaired drivers from the roads.
In Kootenai County, the local Sheriff’s office as well as the Idaho State Police, Coeur d’Alene Police, Post Falls Police, Rathdrum Police and Spirit Lake Police, made 337 stops. Officials arrested at least 33 drivers for DUI. Alcohol was behind 29 of these arrests. The four others were using other substances, officials said.
Eight other drivers got citations for driving with suspended license. Officers also arrested two others for possession of felony drugs and 25 others for misdemeanor drug possession. Fifteen other drivers got tickets because of seat belt problems.
While the three-day weekend did not result in any serious accidents, it is quite telling that officials pulled over so many drivers for drug and alcohol infractions.
Drivers must remember that intoxicated driving is not only against the law, but dangerous. Thankfully, officials were out in the streets, making sure that intoxicated motorists were not ruining everybody’s Memorial Day.
Hopefully, as more drivers learn the importance of being safe and focused, intoxicated driving will not put people’s lives in danger next year’s Memorial Day.
If you’re ever in an accident caused by a negligent and intoxicated driver, do not let the irresponsible driver get away with it. He or she could be endangering others.