Unlucky drunks this St. Pat's Day

Published on Wed, Mar 13, 2013
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Drunk drivers should not expect to have the luck of the Irish this St. Paddy’s Day weekend. State law enforcement agencies will be co-operating in an impaired driving crackdown that will put additional officers on the road. St. Patrick’s Day typically poses an unusual problem because of day-long celebrations and free-flowing alcohol.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol will join officers from Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and Western Washington University police departments who will add extra patrol hours to make the roadways safer for everyone. These efforts are part of Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by the year 2030.

Last year during the same time period, officers in Whatcom County on routine and extra patrols arrested 31 people for DUI. Statewide, more than 1,063 DUI arrests were made.

If you plan on drinking, don’t rely on luck to get you safely home. Plan a safe ride home before the festivities begin. The Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force organizes and supports this enforcement effort in cooperation with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.