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187 drivers arrested in Pierce, King, Snohomish counties over Cinco de Mayo weekend

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm with 3 Comments »
May 10, 2012 3:35 pm

Nearly 200 drunken drivers were arrested in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties over Cinco de Mayo weekend, the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force announced today.

More than 70 law enforcement officers from 33 agencies participated in Target Zero patrols Friday and Saturday nights and arrested 187 people. They targeted streets where alcohol-related accidents have occurred in recent years in Tacoma, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn, Renton, Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Lynnwood and Marysville.

In addition to increased patrols, officers visited bars to ensure responsible service and passed out Clickit 2 Ride cards, which can be scanned with a cell phone and put the user in touch with nearby taxi companies.

Representatives from the state Liquor Control Board and two mothers who have lost children to drunken drivers accompanied law enforcement to the bars. The task force praised a new bar owner in Tacoma for paying his servers $20 every time they stopped serving and called a taxi for an inebriated patron.

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  1. veritatem says:

    Call LULAC, call the ACLU, call the 99%, organize a march (riot) in Seattle. Profiling people who celebrate Cinco de Quattro is RACIST!!!!

  2. DEKOVEN says:

    187 people now have to pay some heavy duty fines. I knew Stinko De Mayo was good for something.

  3. rosehaven says:

    One night I was driving home about midnight after visiting my daughter on a Saturday and was on the mountain highway, I noticed a pickup truck coming at me head on in my lane of traffic. I braked very hard and pulled off the road to the right! I had come to a full stop on a cross road just inches from the ditch on the side! The truck rushed by and I sat collecting my wits. I never drive that road at night anymore!

    They list ten cities taking part and our THANKS to the many who have volunteered or helped prevent accidents or deaths over the holiday week-end. It could have been anyone of us.

    This isn’t about what country we are from or what holiday being celebrated. Drive safe and be a good example. Have a good trip.

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