WSP: Fewer DUI arrests this holiday season

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OLYMPIA - Fewer drivers were arrested for driving while impaired this holiday season, the Washington State Patrol has reported.

Troopers across the state arrested 161 drivers suspected of being impaired by drugs or alcohol over the recent Christmas holiday weekend. That number was down from 194 arrests during the same period in 2010, said Robert Calkins, WSP spokesman.

The figure does not include arrests made by local police or sheriff's deputies, Calkins said.

Calkins said three fatal collisions were reported to the WSP during the holiday weekend, but only one involved drugs or alcohol

That accident resulted in the death of a 47-year-old Chehalis, Wash., man on State Highway 2 in Snohomish County. Troopers believe an impaired driver went around barricades and drove onto a pedestrian walkway, killing the man and injuring another.

The remaining two fatal accidents involved a 9-year-old Clinton, Wash., girl who was killed when a tree fell on the vehicle she was riding in Sunday in Island County and a car-pedestrian fatality Monday morning in Auburn.

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