No treats for impaired drivers this Halloween weekend | Extra law enforcement on the roads starting tonight
October 28, 2010 · 5:56 PM
Motorists who insist on drinking and driving over the Halloween weekend won't stand a ghost of a chance avoiding law enforcement patrols.
Starting tonight, extra law enforcement personnel will be out looking for impaired and dangerous drivers across King County and the greater Puget Sound area.
The traffic safety emphasis patrol, dubbed “Surround the Sound,” is one part of an ongoing partnership with law enforcement, public health and community partners to reach the Washington State Target Zero goal of eliminating all fatal and serious injury crashes by 2030.
Law enforcement officials say Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of impaired drivers on the roads. In 2008, 58 percent of all national highway fatalities on Halloween night involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Patrols start tonight with a Happy Hour DUI emphasis patrol in Bellevue between the hours of 5-9 p.m., led by the Bellevue Police Department and officers from the King County Target Zero Taskforce.
“In Bellevue and across King County, law enforcement officers will be looking for dangerous drivers and enforcing our DUI, speeding, seatbelt, and cell phone and texting laws,” said Lieutenant Marcia Harnden, Bellevue Police Department.