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Extra DUI patrols planned in Pierce, King counties for Cinco de Mayo

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm with 4 Comments »
May 1, 2012 8:50 pm

Additional law enforcement officers will patrol Pierce and King counties this Cinco de Mayo weekend in search of drunken drivers.

The 33 agencies participating will also visit bars to ensure they are not serving drinks to overly intoxicated patrons.

“We see too many crashes involving impaired drivers who did not plan a safe ride home,” said Chief John Cheesman, chairman of the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force. “If you know someone who plans to party with booze to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, ask them how they are getting home safely.”

Agencies participating in the DUI patrols include Tacoma, Fife, Fircrest, Lakewood, Puyallup, Sumner and University Place police, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Washington State Patrol.

In King County, agencies include Auburn, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kent, Issaquah, Kirkland, Renton, Redmond and Seattle police, as well as the state Liquor Control Board.

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  1. rawdibob says:

    “Extra DUI patrols planned in Pierce, King counties for Cinco de Mayo?

    Is this warning given so that TNT boozers will plan on staying home on 5/5?

    BTW, why is it that so many Americans celebrate a foreign holiday?

  2. rawdibob says:

    Hmm, I wonder if extra DUI patrols are needed on March 17th.

  3. Wrapper98439 says:

    Better stake out the Verizon store so they don’t sell to a potential texting while driving offender too.

  4. I drove up and down I-5 yesterday, from Seattle to south of Olympia, and while there were more cops than usual (I usually see zero), they were scattered – I’d hardly call it an emphasis patrol. The WSP has apparently decided that the segment between about King County Airport and Fife is not worth patrolling, for there were at least several dozen folks going 15 more more mph over the 60 mph speed limit during my passing through there (daytime). Since this seems to be the regular, the state might as well just raise the speed limit to 65 or 70 in this segment. The alternative would be raise the fines to cover the cost of the enforcement for those traveling say 20% over the posted limit, 72 mph+ in this case.

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