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WSP makes 211 DUI arrests over Fourth

Cheney Free Press of Cheney, Washington

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In an effort to keep the state roadways safe during this long holiday weekend of travel, Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers made approximately 211 arrests or bookings of impaired drivers over the Fourth of July weekend. The data comes from statewide dispatch records from 8 a.m. July 1 to 5 a.m. July 5. By comparison, the WSP made 234 arrests or bookings of impaired drivers in 2015.

Impaired driving was a primary cause in 46 percent of all traffic related deaths in Washington State in 2015. Impaired driving also includes drug positive drivers. In 2015, Washington State saw a 14 percent increase in drug positive drivers fatality collisions, according to statistics from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. In 2015, Washington State had 203 fatal collisions caused by drug positive drivers compared to 178 in 2014.

The State Patrol is working toward Target Zero, reducing highway deaths to zero by the year 2030.

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Original Publication Date: July 14, 2016

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