PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Extra DUI emphasis patrols were held from June 21 through July 7th across Spokane County. The purposes of these patrols were to take the impaired driver off the roadways so Spokane County citizens could have a safe summer.
The patrols were funded by a grant from Washington Traffic Safety Commission and supported by the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force. Spokane County law enforcement found 154 DUI suspects during this year's Summertime DUI Emphasis patrols.
We are showing an increase from last year's 99 DUI's during this same time period. In Spokane County, over half of all traffic deaths in 2012 involved an alcohol or drug impaired driver.
Thanks is given to our area law enforcement agencies--- Airway Heights, EWU, Liberty Lake, Spokane and Spokane Valley Police Departments, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, and the Washington State Patrol for working together to keep our roadways safe from impaired drivers. Please remember if your summer activities involve alcohol make the right choice, don't drive!!
By all of us working together we can have a fatal free family safe summer! Choose your Ride! Under the influence, under arrest!