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Fewer Mid-Columbia Drivers Nailed for DUI in Latest Emphasis Patrols

Less people arrested for DUI in latest sweep in Benton-Franklin Counties
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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nailed less intoxicated drivers than last year.

The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission reports 64 motorists were arrested for DUI during the latest round of emphasis patrols between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2 in Benton and Franklin Counties.

That’s a slight drop from the 70 who were apprehended during the same sweep in 2012. Statewide, some 1,420 were arrested. August is one of the deadliest months for intoxicated motorists in our state. All law enforcement agencies in the Mid-Columbia participated in the sweep.

These periodic patrols are part of Target Zero, an effort by Washington state law enforcement to reduce alcohol related traffic fatalities to 0 by the year 2030.

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