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Tri-Cities Law Enforcement to Begin Summer DUI Enforcement

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Washington will put extra officers on the roads to catch drunk drivers this week.

As part of the Summer DUI Enforcement campaign, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and West Richland Police Departments, Benton and Franklin County Sheriff Offices and the Washington State Patrol will participate in the Benton-Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force.

In order to cut down on the number of DUIs, extra officers will dedicate extra hours to monitoring the roads from June 21st to July 7th. 

Police say summer is a particularly dangerous time for drivers. The 2007 - 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System data for Benton and Franklin Counties shows there are an average of 27 traffic deaths between the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend to the Tuesday after Labor Day. Officers say impaired drivers are involved in nearly half of those deaths, speeding drivers are involved a third of them, and teen drivers in just about 20%.

During last year's Summer Kick-off DUI Enforcement campaign, officers contacted 349 drivers, and arrested 74 of them for impaired driving. Of the 141 traffic citations issued, 48 were for speeding.