For unknown reasons, August has been a high month for DUI-related accidents and deaths. To combat the problem, local law enforcement launched the "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" campaign and netted numerous DUI and drug arrests in the Tri-Cities.According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission,  during the sweep from August 17 through September 3 local officers made 70 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs -- four more than last year!

Officers from every major law enforcement agency in Benton and Franklin counties participated in the "emphasis patrols" focused on curbing impaired driving. Statewide, 1,603 people were arrested.

While individual holidays (and holiday weekends) such as New Year's Eve and Memorial Day often see a spike in impaired driving (and accidents),  August is one of the deadliest on Washington roads -- especially from increased vacation travel.

The WTSC has information on what to do if you're driving near an impaired motorist, as well as signs of an impaired driver. More emphasis patrols are planned for the upcoming holidays so if you are drinking make sure you take steps so you don't become like the 70 local people now facing fines, possible jail time and insurance problems.