YAKIMA, Wash.-- Law enforcement officers in Yakima said they are seeing results from their new Target Zero Program.
It has been just about two and a half months since local law enforcement joined together to crack down on drunk driving in Yakima with the Target Zero Program, and officers said they are happy with the results they are seeing.
Funded by a federal grant, the program is made up of a group of police, deputies and state troopers who patrol Yakima using data to direct them to areas where they have seen a lot of drunk driving incidents in the past.
Police said even though they are seeing results, there is always room for improvement.
"I think there is improvement sure to be made. There's getting the officers out at the target times and working with the data to get the right areas, and then more education with the public," said Yakima Police Sergeant, Shawn Boyle.
So far since the program started Yakima police officers arrested 31 additional people for DUIs.
Officers who are part of this program do this on top of their regular assigned duties.
Other counties that recently launched this program saw a 38% decrease in impaired driving fatalities over a one-year test period.
The Target Zero Program also launched in Spokane earlier this summer as officers around the state are trying to make Washington a safer place to drive.