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“NIGHT OF 1,000 STARS” DUI Patrol

Posted 12/13/2012 10:49 AM by MDGREGORY

For the past 22 years law enforcement agencies throughout Washington have conducted “Night of 1,000 Stars” impaired driving traffic safety emphasis patrols. Each “star” represents the badge worn by an on duty law enforcement officer. This year’s patrol, scheduled for Friday, December 14, is dedicated to all Washington law enforcement officers who continue to protect and serve our communities.

This statewide enforcement will remove impaired drivers from our roads. Impaired driving caused by alcohol – or some other drug – is the primary reason why people die in motor vehicle crashes. Officers will also be on the lookout for people who speed, drive aggressively, are not wearing a seatbelt, or violate other traffic laws. Wintertime driving can be hazardous. When mixed with alcohol or drugs it becomes deadly.

There were 30 traffic fatalities in Spokane County in 2011. 16 of the 30 traffic deaths were from impaired drivers. Remember to always have a sober designated driver this holiday season! Plan ahead and guarantee a safe ride to your home and not the county jail.

Spokane County Target Zero Task Force will be having a Law Enforcement Officer Recognition Award Ceremony to Kick-off the “Night of 1,000 Stars” DUI Patrol. We will be honoring Spokane, Ferry and Pend Oreille County law enforcement officers at 7:30 p.m. in the Public Works Building, Commissioners’ Hearing Room.

The “Night of 1,000 Stars” is a cooperative effort involving the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force (one of the twenty-four DUI/Traffic Safety Task Forces in the state), the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and law enforcement agencies through Washington State.

Remember to celebrate safely:

- Avoid beverages with alcohol
- Make plans for a sober ride home before going out
- Arrange to stay overnight
- Use a taxi
- Take the car keys of impaired friends and arrange a safe ride home for them