By Kaylee Botting
In an effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities caused by impaired drivers on the road, Washington State Patrol troopers will conduct extra DUI patrols this holiday season.
From December 15 to January 1, state troopers and local law enforcement agencies are teaming up all across the state to target impaired drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The number of fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence has increased over the years. Drivers who pose the greatest risk are those are under the influence of various drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The number of fatalities involving drivers under this type of influence has increased by 87 percent in the past five years.
With the extra DUI patrols, Washington state troopers are continuing their dedication to reach zero traffic fatalities or serious injury collisions by 2030. They are encouraging drivers to give the gift of life this holiday season by staying off the roads while under the influence.
As a reminder, buzzed, high or drunk driving is considered impaired and will result in an arrest. Alternative options to staying off the road are having a designated driver, calling a cab or staying with a friend.