Hopefully 2013 will be different than the last five holiday seasons. From 2008-2012, an average of 49 people died in traffic crashes in Washington between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
DUI is still the leading cause of traffic death, however it doesn’t have to be that way and that is why between November 27, 2013 and January 1, 2014 extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence on Washington roadways.
This year, law enforcement from Grays Harbor and other Western Washington counties will on a multi-county brigade in search of DUIs each weekend from Thanksgiving through New Years.
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission recently asked people what the goal should be for the number of traffic deaths in Washington. Everyone indicated they would like to see fewer people killed. But when asked what the goal should be for their family members, everyone responded, “zero.”
To reach zero traffic deaths takes effort from everyone. Law enforcement is asking residents to watch for warning signs.
Call 911 if you see a suspected DUI driver on the roads. If you drink, use marijuana, or take other drugs, don’t drive. Make plans before-hand for how you’ll get around. If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests get home safely. Remember, as a party host, you are liable for the actions of the people who leave your party intoxicated.
The Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano, and Ocean Shores Police Departments, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol are working towards zero traffic deaths by participating in this Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
These and all extra patrols are part of Grays Harbor Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.