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DUI emphasis in Fife on Saturday night

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 31, 2008 at 3:00 pm with No Comments »
October 31, 2008 3:00 pm

Law enforcement officers will hit the streets of Fife and its surrounding area on Saturday night for a drunken-driving emphasis patrol.

The Tacoma-Pierce County DUI Task Force selected the night for its monthly emphasis because there’s an expectation of more alcohol-fueled, Halloween-themed parties.

Officers from several Pierce County agencies, including the Washington State Patrol and Pierce3 County Sheriff’s Department, will participate. They’ll be looking for impaired drivers, the task force reported.

In addition, agents with the Washington State Liquor Control Board and Fife police officers will be conducting compliance checks at local stores, bars and restaurants to see who is selling alcohol to underage customers.

“We won’t just be arresting drivers Saturday night,” said Mike Mitchell, Chief of the Bonney Lake Police Department and chair of the Tacoma Pierce County DUI Task Force, in a press release. “We’ll be handing out candy to any sober, designated driver whose drinking friends made the right choice by planning ahead for a safe ride home.”

During last year’s Halloween DUI-emphasis patrol, officers focused their attention along State Route 410. They arrested 13 adults and one teenager on suspicion of impaired driving, the task force reported. Four other minors were arrested on suspicion of possessing or consuming alcohol or marijuana.

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