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Cops will visit Tacoma-area bars this weekend as part of DUI emphasis

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm with 3 Comments »
June 1, 2011 3:18 pm

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    I have to say that increased penalties and enforcement has stopped me from going out for a drink or two….

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    If a place has killer food, I sure will go there to dine.

  3. tonnibell says:

    As a ‘retired’ bartender…..I say, try Friday nights instad of Saturday nights! Are we using undercover cops? Most people who frequent a ‘favorite” bar are not going to tell cops where they have been….c’mon. Why would they ‘tell on’ their favorite bartender? NOT going to happen. If they have been cut-off from one bar through out the evening, thats the one they will name. Been there & have seen this happen. People are very protective of ‘their’ bartenders. If they are cut off somewhere, they are going to be the bad guys to that drinker. I was a bartender for almost 2 years and left because I couldnt sleep at night seeing how some people are allowed to leave and get in their cars! If you send in some undercover cops….thats when you will see what really happens, not cop cars & uniforms. Help take care of our community & treat this a little more serious then asking them where they have been drinking. UNDERCOVER!

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