YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima Police Department launched a new program Monday to crack down on drunk and impaired drivers in Yakima Valley.
Today local police met at the SunDome in Yakima to introduce the Target Zero Team. The new program will allow for local officers to team up with state troopers to reduce the number of fatal collision caused by drunk drivers.
The program is funded by a federal grant.
The teams will patrol Yakima using data to direct them to areas where they have seen a lot of drunk driving incidents in the past.
Police say this is an effort to make Yakima a safer community.
"I think it's a good commitment from the local agencies along with the state to help reduce the injuries and fatalities that are occurring in our community and take a great step forward to make it a safer community for all of us," said Sgt. Shawn Boyle with the Yakima Police Department.
Local officers will get money for overtime to work with state troopers. This multi-agency program starts today.
Counties that recently launched this program have seen a 38 percent decrease in impaired driving fatalities over a one-year test period.
The Target Zero Program also launched in Spokane Monday as officers around the state are trying to make Washington a safer place to drive.
Friday, December 6 2013 8:09 PM EST2013-12-07 01:09:02 GMT
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