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Daytime DUI's

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - To most people the image of a drunk driver is usually in a dark, nighttime setting, someone that is getting into their car after a night of drinking, but some Tri-Cities Police Officers said daytime DUI's might be more common than you think.

Richland Police said Saturday afternoon a woman was arrested on Stevens Drive in Richland for driving under the influence in broad daylight.

Kennewick Police said it takes a while to get the alcohol out of your system and many times people do not realize they are still drunk when they get behind the wheel.

Kennewick Sergeant Brian Swartswalter said many of the people that get arrested for driving drunk during the day are alcoholics.  He said, "And unfortunately people that drink that much, half the time, breakfast can consist of some alcoholic beverages too."

Kennewick Police said it is extremely dangerous to drive your car with alcohol in your system.

Police said they get a few daytime DUI's every month.

They remind drivers that they can still get into trouble if they are under the influence of prescription painkillers.