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Federal grant helping bring more DUI patrols to reservation

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YAKAMA INDIAN RESERVATION, Wash.-- Several law enforcement agencies will be conducting a DUI emphasis patrol this weekend on the Yakama Nation reservation.

The emphasis patrol is sponsored by the White Swan Community Coalition.

They'll be paying for the extra patrols through a federal grant given to them to help curb the drinking problem on the reservation.

Washington State Patrol, Yakima County Sheriff's Office, and the Yakama Nation Tribal Police will all be taking part.

They'll be out in force Saturday, keeping folks safe during the annual Treaty Days celebration, keeping a close eye on under aged drinking throughout the reservation.

"Important to have them on the reservation, it's important to have them any place in the county. The more we have people out looking for drunk drivers, the more people are aware and hopefully to prevent it," said Deputy Scot Swallow with the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.

Patrols will also be looking for drinking at under aged parties around the reservation.

The majority of officers will be stationed around Harrah and White Swan.
The White Swan Community Coalition says they decided to use the money on these emphasis patrols after data showed that a startling number of kids have been in cars with people who were under the influence.