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Washington Law Enforcement Increasing DUI Patrols Until Labor Day Weekend

Up until Labor Day weekend, Washington’s law enforcement agencies will be ramping up the DUI patrols across the state.

Every year, the period between August 17 and September 3 is known as the deadliest time on the state’s roadways. Because of this reality, 160 local law enforcement agencies are readying to keep an eye on drivers who drink or use drugs and drive.

Officials are warning drivers that if they are impaired by drugs or alcohol they will be pulled over.

Intoxicated driving is the factor behind nearly half of all deadly traffic accidents in the state. In 2017, 250 people died in DUI traffic collisions in Washington. What’s most concerning is that these accidents are preventable. That’s because officials are targeting intoxicated drivers.

Authorities want to compel drivers to remember that it’s up to them what happens on Washington’s roads. Being a responsible driver means never drinking and driving and always focusing on the road ahead. It also means reporting on drunk drivers when you see them.

Ride Safely, Avoid DUI Crashes By Planning Ahead

It’s 2018 and there are many ways we can avoid DUI accidents at this point.

Drivers can have a designated driver if they are going out to party, or they may take a cab or use a ride-sharing app, such as Lyft or Uber. They may also use public transportation.

Whichever option you choose, plan in advance and you will never put yourself or others in danger.

During Labor Day weekend, many of us go out to celebrate with friends, co-workers, or family. So planning in advance for the big event should also be in the works, especially if you put safety first. If you fail to do so, you could be in big trouble with the law. And what’s worse, you could even put lives of fellow drivers in danger.

For more information on the patrols targeting DUI drivers, follow this link.

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