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County DUI numbers down this past holiday season

The results are in from the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign conducted from Nov. 27, 2013, through Jan. 1, 2014.

In Grays Harbor County, 36 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 2,723 drivers for DUI.

Last year in Grays Harbor County, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 41 people for DUI.

In Grays Harbor County, the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores police departments, the Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols, with the support of Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

The holiday season is an important time for these patrols, given the number of holiday festivities that often involve alcohol.

These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero — striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.

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