Thanks to a $4.8 million grant from the government, state law enforcement officials will be able to ramp up their efforts against drunk drivers in the greater Puget Sound area. The funding from the grant will be used to increase patrols on duty with a specialized focus on targeting drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Snohomish, King and Pierce counties will receive the grant over the next two years which will fund the “Target Zero” teams that I mentioned last week.
Twenty one Washington State Patrol troopers will comprise the full-time, specialized task force. However, as time and resources permit, local agencies will contribute deputies to the cause as well. According to the director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commssion in this article, Lowell Porter claims, “These will be intense, multi-agency, data-driven patrols with the goal of reducing fatalities and serious injuries. We will use objective data to make sure we’re patrolling the right roads, at the right time, with officers very experienced at arresting impaired drivers.”
As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I’m impressed to see that the division will utilize special software that evaluates accident statistics to find the “problem area” in our state to see which locations should be targeted.