Local law enforcement plans crackdown on DUIs

Published on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Local law enforcement agencies will be taking part in increased patrols to ferret out drunk drivers starting March 8 and ending just after St. Patrick’s Day.

Officers from the Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden police departments in addition to Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies and Washington State Patrol will commit extra patrols countywide in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. These measures are part of statewide effort to reduce traffic fatalities related to driving under the influence (DUI) charges to zero by 2030.

Officers in Whatcom County arrested 35 people on suspicion of DUI during the same time period last year. Statewide, more than 1,100 individuals were arrested on suspicion of the same charges.