At certain times during the year, state and local law enforcement will step up their efforts to catch drunk drivers. The holiday season, including New Year's Eve, Fourth of July, and Labor Day can mean an increase in local and state efforts to pursue, arrest and charge drivers with drunk-driving. Drivers in the Seattle, Washington area should also be wary of the increased risk of drunk driving arrest from now through Labor Day.
In King County, Washington, there is a greater chance that you will be arrested and charged with DUI at this time of year. Beginning this weekend, extra patrols have been on the lookout and actively pursuing drunk drivers in an initiative funded by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Increased patrols are part of the "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" campaign that will continue through September 3rd this year.
According to King County police records, there were 452 people arrested for DUI during the same period last year. In 2011, there were a total of 10,331 people charged with DUI, according to the Administrative Office of the Courts. From 2006 through 2010, there were more impaired-driver deaths in Washington in August than in any other month, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
Police are looking for the following signs of drunk-driving:
- Traveling slower than the speed limit
- Weaving from side to side
- Running through lights or traffic signals and other violations
A DUI can result in serious penalties upon conviction. If you or someone you love was arrested and charged with DUI, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can protect your rights. An independent investigation can examine the facts of your case and evidence presented against you, including breathalyzer and field sobriety tests. Challenging a DUI can mean defeating charges or a reduction in charges and penalties.
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Learn where extra DUI patrols will be this weekend," Casey McNerthney, August 17, 2012.