Summer DUI Patrols
Law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Washington will conduct extra DUI patrols from June 21, 2013 through July 7, 2013.
Local law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol participate in the Benton-Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force to provide a coordinated approach to DUI prevention and enforcement using high visibility patrols.
Officers from the Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and West Richland Police Departments, the Benton and Franklin County Sheriff’s Offices and the Washington State Patrol will commit extra patrol hours to make the roadways safer for everyone this summer.
Summer is a particularly dangerous time on our roadways.
The 2007 – 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data for Benton and Franklin Counties shows that from Friday of Memorial Day Weekend to the Tuesday after Labor Day there were 27 traffic deaths.
Impaired drivers, when the driver had a BAC equal to or greater than .08 or had a positive test for impairing drugs, were involved in 12 of the 27 traffic deaths (44%).
Speeding drivers were involved in 9 of the 27 traffic deaths (33%). Sadly, teen drivers (16-20 years old) were involved in 6 of the 27 traffic deaths (22%).
There were 4 traffic deaths in Benton and Franklin Counties during the summer of 2012.
Impaired drivers were involved in 2 traffic deaths, a speeding driver was involved in 1 traffic death, and a teen driver was involved in 1 traffic death.
During the Summer Kick-off DUI Enforcement campaign in 2012, there were 349 drivers contacted and 74 drivers arrested for impaired driving. Of the 141 traffic citations issued, 48 were for speeding.
Public education and participation combined with strict enforcement is a proven method for helping reduce impaired driving, collisions, and fatalities.
The work of agencies participating in the Benton-Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force, coupled with the awareness and assistance of the people in the communities they serve, help to make the roadways safer for everyone.
Police urge everyone to join the team and do their part to help prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Police encourage drivers to call 911, if they see someone who may be driving impaired.
Be Smart, Do Your Part, Don’t Drink and Drive!