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June 21- July 7th Extra Summertime DUI Patrols

Posted 6/20/2013 12:52 PM by MDGREGORY

Summer is on the Way--- Make it Safe and Sober

Spokane, Ferry and Pend Oreille County, WA— Washingtonians are preparing for summer fun. Celebrations that involve alcohol sometimes results in drunk drivers on our roads. So, after backyard parties, barbeques, graduation, Hoopfest, a day at the beach or an evening at the bar, don’t drive if you have been drinking. Choose your ride! Take a taxi, designate a sober driver or call a sober friend. Don’t end up in the back of a police vehicle on your way to a night in jail!

DUI patrols will be held June 29 and 30th in conjunction with Hoopfest. The purpose of the patrols is to take the impaired driver off the roadways and make Hoopfest a safe family event for all involved. The patrols are funded by a grant from Washington Traffic Safety Commission and supported by the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force.

An additional highlight of this Hoopfest patrol will be the WSP’s Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU). The MIDU is a significant time saving tool for the officers that will be processing DUI suspects. The MIDU will be utilized by Spokane area law enforcement agencies on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Valley Police Department, Cheney Police Department, EWU Police Department, Washington State Patrol, City of Airway Heights Police Department, Republic Police Department, Ferry County Sheriff’s Office and the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the extra emphasis patrols.

There have been a total of 60 summertime traffic deaths from 2007-2012 in Spokane County. These traffic deaths were from crashes between 6 pm on Friday of Memorial Day weekend and 5:59 am on the Tuesday after Labor Day.

The goal of this Summertime DUI Patrol is to have a fatal free, family safe summer. This goal will be attainable by all the agencies working together and by citizens remembering that if they drink they don’t drive. If you drive impaired, your ride may well be a police car taking you directly to jail. Choose Your Ride! Under the influence, under arrest!

Spokane County Target Zero Task Force, http://www.sctsc.org/ and we are on Facebook @ https://www.facebook...5768804876!