The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has rolled out a new website that allows residents of King, Snohomish and Pierce counties to see when and where law enforcement will be conducting DUI patrols in their communities.
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has rolled out a website that allows residents of King, Snohomish and Pierce counties to see when and where law enforcement will be conducting DUI patrols in their communities.
Only three counties are activated so far in a special two-year project to reduce DUI deaths, but the commission hopes that information for every county in the state will eventually be posted on the website.
“This is just another tool to get people to make decisions and think twice before they get behind the wheel drunk,” said Mark Medalen, communications consultant for the commission. “If you can look online and see that this is going on in your neighborhood and backyard, that will be a deterrent.”
The website waTikiLeaks.comwill post a map where citizens can click on the counties to see when and where officers will be looking for impaired drivers. A mobile version is available for smartphones.
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From 2004 to 2008, King, Pierce and Snohomish, respectively, were the counties with the highest numbers of impairment-related deaths in Washington — 494 in total, according to the safety commission. The three are the state’s most populous counties.
In the state as a whole, there were 1,221 impairment-involved fatal crashes during that period, the commission said.
“A great night for us is when we stop cars and can’t find any impaired drivers,” said Medalen. “That means that people are getting the idea that it’s not OK to drink and drive.”
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