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Holiday "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Enforcement Gearing Up in Washington State

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DUI is still the leading cause of traffic death and that is why between November 27, 2013 and January 1, 2014 extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence on Washington roadways. DUI is still the leading cause of traffic death and that is why between November 27, 2013 and January 1, 2014 extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence on Washington roadways.

NBCRightNow.com  — DUI is still the leading cause of traffic death and that is why between November 27, 2013 and January 1, 2014, extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence on Washington roadways.

From 2008-2012, an average of 49 people died in traffic crashes in Washington between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Kennewick Police Department says, "The Kennewick Police along with all law enforcement agencies throughout Benton and Franklin Counties are committed to the safety of our citizens. We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the holiday season. If your plans include alcohol then plan to have a sober driver. As Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘Failure to plan is planning to fail.' We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season."


To reach zero traffic deaths takes effort from everyone. Visit www.WAdrivetozero.com to review important safety tips, such as:

*Call 911 if you see a suspected DUI driver on the roads.

*If you drink, use marijuana, or take other drugs, don't drive. Make plans before-hand for how you'll get around.

*If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests get home safely! Plan to have sober designated drivers available. Buy a few extra air mattresses so guests can stay the night. If it's an office party, limit alcohol, provide shuttle service or book hotel rooms. Remember, as a party host, you are liable for the actions of the people who leave your party intoxicated.

*Talk with your children about alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Help them understand the ways alcohol and marijuana use can harm their bodies, their brains, and their future. Let them know that they can call you instead of ever getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking, using marijuana or taking drugs. www.starttalkingnow.org

The Kennewick, Pasco, Prosser, Richland, West Richland, Grandview, Moxee, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Union Gap, Yakima and Wapato Police Departments, the Benton, Franklin, Yakima and Klickitat County Sheriff's Offices and the Washington State Patrol are working towards zero traffic deaths by participating in this Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The Benton-Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force and Yakima County Safety Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort.

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