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.