Ellie Nakamoto-White reports.

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Law enforcement agencies from across the Tri-Cities region are putting an emphasis on stopping drunk drivers as Washington state suffers a consequential rise in DUI-related deaths during the pandemic.

According to a release by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), the seven key law enforcement agencies that protect the Tri-Cities area will enforce extra DUI patrols starting on December 15. Those agencies are as follows:

Tri-Cities cops crackdown on drunk drivers as WA posts record-setting DUI death rates

Image courtesy of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission