KENNEWICK, WASH- On Friday night, police came out in force to crack down on drunk drivers. The Night of a Thousand Stars is an effort by police to have 1,000 badges or stars out on the streets.
Franklin County Sherriff Deputies join an effort that goes from Yakima to Spokane. Beginning tonight at 6, police agencies across Eastern Washington will have at least one or two officers on overtime. The goal is to have an officer every 10 miles. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says alcohol-related crashes are the leading cause of death of people between 4 and 36.
Franklin County Deputy Jim Dickenson said,"We want people to have fun during the holiday season. It's a festive time with family and friends but please use common sense, if you've had anything to drink, get a ride."
Tonight's effort is part of a statewide program this month called "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed". During last year's Night of 1,000 Stars, 275 drunk drivers were taken off Washington roads.
One Benton County Deputy had already picked up one drunk driver and one under the influence of narcotics early Friday night.