Pierce County law enforcement officers and commanders will be visiting bars throughout Tacoma this weekend as part of a new effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
They’ll go to bars where impaired drivers report they’d been drinking right before their arrests.
“There’s no enforcement action,” said Fircrest Police Chief John Cheesman. “We are just hoping to change some behaviors.”
The first weekend for the Home Safe Bar program marks the beginning a month-long public awareness program near the most frequent sites of the county’s fatal drunken driving car crashes, the Tacoma Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force.
Here’s how the Home Safe Bar program will work. Extra law enforcement officers will be out Saturday night, patrolling for drunken drivers.
When they make arrests, the officers will ask the drivers where they’d been drinking. If the driver had been at a bar in Pierce County, other law enforcement officers and commanders will then visit the bar, Cheesman said.
The commanders will talk with the management at the bar about the enforcement effort, ask them to abide by the state’s alcohol laws and provide them information from the Liquor Control Board. They’ll also help the customers find designated drivers or call taxis.
“It’s pretty low key,” Cheesman said.
Frank Blair, a Tacoma father whose 24-year-old daughter was killed in a drunken driving crash in Everett, will be with law enforcement officers and visiting the bars.