BENTON-FRANKLIN COUNTIES, WA - Law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Washington conducted extra DUI patrols from July 1, 2014 through July 13, 2014. Officers from local law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol participated in the enforcement campaign.
During the 2014 campaign, officers on overtime and regular patrol hours contacted 367drivers and arrested 33 impaired drivers. Of the 111 traffic citations issued by officers for various traffic violations, 44 were for speeding, 4 for cell phone use, and 8 for seatbelt violations. Officers made 15 arrests for other crimes including 1 felony, 2 misdemeanor warrants, 6 misdemeanor crimes, and 6 driving while license suspended or revoked.
During the 2013 campaign, officers on overtime and regular patrol hours contacted 407 drivers and arrested 47 impaired drivers. Of the 100 traffic citations issued by officers for various traffic violations, 39 were for speeding, 6 for cell phone use, and 10 for seatbelt violations. Officers made 38 arrests for other crimes including 5 felony warrants, 12 misdemeanor warrants, 9 misdemeanor crimes, and 12 driving while license suspended or revoked.
Summer is a particularly dangerous time on our roadways. The 2007 – 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data for Benton and Franklin Counties shows that from Friday of Memorial Day Weekend to the Tuesday after Labor Day there were 27 traffic deaths. Impaired drivers, when the driver had a BAC equal to or greater than .08 or had a positive test for impairing drugs, were involved in 12 of the 27 traffic deaths (44%). Speeding drivers were involved in 9 of the 27 traffic deaths (33%). Sadly, teen drivers (16-20 years old) were involved in 6 of the 27 traffic deaths (22%).
These efforts are part of “Target Zero” Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2030. The Benton-Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort through a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Target Zero Program, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov.
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