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Extra DUI Patrols Hit the Streets in Yakima County

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YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash - Extra DUI patrols are out on the streets in Yakima County starting Wednesday night.  It' s a part of the states campaign, "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed', to reduce accidents caused by drunk drivers

Through a state grant, the county is able to pay police officers overtime to go on these extra DUI patrols.  The first unit went out Wednesday night at 8 O'clock.  They will continue to have the patrols every night through September 3rd.

Leaders at the Yakima Police Department say the county has one of the highest DUI rates in the state.  Part of the extra patrol is to prevent fatal accidents too.  Last year there were 252 deaths in car accidents involving a drunk driver.

"We're doing this for the safety of the community. In the summer time people in the hot weather want to have a cold one and we can appreciate that, we just can't put them behind the wheel," says Sgt. Gary Jones of the Yakima Police Department. 

YPD officials remind drivers, the limit for your blood alcohol level is .08.  Also if convicted of DUI, it could cost you up to 10 thousand dollars after bail and court fee's are paid.