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Extra DUI patrols in Kent, King County Nov. 24-Jan. 2

Kent, Tukwila and other King County law enforcement agencies will conduct extra DUI patrols from Nov 24 through Jan. 2.

Public education combined with strict enforcement is a proven method for reducing DUI crashes and fatalities, according to a Washington Traffic Safety Commission media release.

In 2010, 188 people in the state died as a result of a crash involving a drinking driver. Between 2006 and 2010, the five-year total was 1,191.

The participating police agencies include:

Algona, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Pacific, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Snoqualmie, and Tukwila.

The Washington State Patrol also will commit extra patrol hours to make the roadways safer for everyone. These efforts are part of Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by the year 2030.

Last year during the same time period, officers in King County on routine and extra patrols arrested 876 people for DUI.

The King County Target Zero Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort.

For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov.

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