KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Drive Hammered, Gets Nailed. That's the case for thousands of drivers in Washington this holiday season.
The campaign ran from Thanksgiving to New Years. Here's the breakdown: Statewide law enforcement arrested 3,577 people. In Yakima they arrested 217 and in Benton and Franklin Counties they arrested 145.
Washington State Patrol says the numbers are lower here because they had fewer DUI officers out on the streets than in Yakima. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
"The agencies know what areas of their cities are prime areas. So each agency kind of picks their own area where they know the high traffic volumes area are, and they put extra patrol officers on overtime in those areas," said Terry Trulson, with the Traffic Safety Task Force.
Trulson says the Drive Hammered, Get Nailed campaign may be over for the season, but they plan on doing it again in March.