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Category: Emphasis patrols

June
20th

Pierce County parents arrested for hosting underage drinking party; 32 minors cited

Pierce County authorities Thursday warned parents to keep tabs on their high school-age children this summer after law enforcement busted a huge underage drinking party over the weekend.

County officials said in a news release they arrested the husband and wife who allegedly allowed their home in East Pierce County to be used for the party and cited 32 underage drinkers early Sunday. They also arrested a motorcycle rider whose blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit of .08, officials said.

More than 100 people might have attended the party at some point, according to the news

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May
17th

Emphasis patrol for drivers on cell phones starts Monday in Pierce County

Drivers on their cell phones have become a top safety concern, prompting an enforcement patrol that will put more law enforcement on Pierce County roads starting Monday.

The emphasis patrol will last until June 2.

During the same enforcement period last year, authorities doled out 1,059 cell phone violations and 3,171 seat belt violations statewide.

Participating agencies include Fircrest, Lakewood, Orting, Puyallup, Sumner and Tacoma police, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol.

May
10th

Nearly 200 suspected drunken drivers arrested Cindo de Mayo weekend

Nearly 200 suspected drunken drivers were arrested last weekend in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties for the Cinco de Mayo holiday, county officials said today.

Eighty percent of the arrests, which totaled 198, were made in Pierce and King counties.

About 50 cops participated in the emphasis patrol, tripling the number that normally patrols the roadways.

As part of the Home Safe Bar program, liquor control enforcement officers also teamed up with the parents of a DUI victim and visited 45 establishments that serve alcohol to talk about serving limits.

March
14th

Extra DUI patrols in Pierce, King counties this weekend

Additional law enforcement officers will patrol for drunken drivers this weekend in Pierce and King counties as people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Representatives from the state Liquor Control Board will also be visiting bars to talk to employees about responsible service. Officers will hand out “Click 2 Ride” tickets with phone numbers for local taxi companies.

Participating agencies include Auburn, Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Kent, Lakewood, Milton, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place police, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol.

March
7th

DUI emphasis scheduled in South King County on Saturday

Servers at South King County bars will get visited by law enforcement officers this weekend if a drunken driver is arrested after leaving their establishment.

A DUI emphasis is planned Saturday in conjunction with the Home Safe Bar program, which aims to raise awareness and help reduce the number of drunken drivers.

Within an hour of a drunken driving arrest, a Washington State Liquor Control Board agent will visit the bar the driver was last at to talk to employees about calling intoxicated patrons a cab and advise them how to avoid being sued if a drunken patron causes an

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Jan.
4th

DUI emphasis patrol nets 543 arrests in Pierce County

Pierce County law enforcement arrested more than 500 suspected drunken drivers during a nearly six-week enforcement campaign over the holiday season.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign netted 543 arrests in Pierce County from Nov. 21 to Jan. 1, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

That is slightly down from last year when 562 drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI during the same time period.

Statewide, law enforcement arrested 3,446 drivers.

Participating agencies include Sumner, Bonney Lake, Fife, Tacoma, Puyallup, Laewood, Dupont, Steilacoom, University Place, Gig Harbor and Fircrest police departments, as well as the Pierce

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Dec.
13th

Program to offer rides for drunken drivers in Pierce County this holiday season

Starting Saturday, 13 Pierce County tow companies are offering to tow drunken drivers and their vehicles home within a five-mile radius.

The offer, which extends through New Year’s Eve, is part of the Home Safe Bar Program operated by the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force. Bartenders can call one of the participating tow companies for intoxicated drivers.

Tacoma-based Aloha Cab Company will also provide 35 free rides Saturday and Dec. 22. To qualify for one of the cab rides, you must have three or more people and be going somewhere within a five-mile radius in Tacoma.

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