Local law enforcement steps up DUI patrols

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WALLA WALLA — College Place and Walla Walla police, the Garfield and Walla Walla County sheriffs’ offices and the Washington State Patrol will task extra officers to be on the lookout for impaired drivers over the holiday season.

The Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over emphasis patrols start Wednesday and run through Jan. 1.

From 2008-2012, an average of 49 people died in traffic crashes in Washington each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Driving under the influence remains the leading cause of traffic death, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

The commission advises the follow to help make the holidays safer for all motorists:

• Call 911 if you see a suspected DUI driver on the roads.

• If you drink, use marijuana, or take other drugs, don’t drive. Make plans before-hand for how you’ll get around.

• If you are hosting a party, plan to have sober designated drivers available. Buy a few extra air mattresses so guests can stay the night. If it’s an office party, limit alcohol, provide shuttle service or book hotel rooms. Remember, as a party host, you are liable for the actions of the people who leave your party intoxicated.

• Let your children know they can call you instead of ever getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking, using marijuana or taking drugs.

• Give a friend a printable Designated Driver Gift Card, which can be found by clicking here.

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