The holiday season is upon us, and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) would like to remind Washingtonians to plan ahead and use alternative transportation after drinking alcohol or using marijuana during celebrations.
Preliminary Fatality Analysis Reporting (FARS) data shows more than 500 traffic deaths so far in 2015, nearly 100 more reported deaths than this time last year.
“We have seen an unfortunate increase in traffic deaths this year,” said Darrin Grondel, WTSC director, “By encouraging people to plan ahead over the holiday party season, and to ensure a sober ride home, we hope our state will experience zero traffic deaths in December and through the New Year.”
Extra DUI enforcement patrols statewide began November 26 and will end January 1.
On Friday, December 11, a joint DUI emphasis patrol will take place in Grays Harbor, Mason and Pacific Counties, in recognition of the Night of 1000 Stars, which symbolizes the badges of the many officers who are out keeping the roadways safe.
In Grays Harbor County, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, and the Washington State Patrol will be teaming up and participating in the extra patrols, with the support of the Grays Harbor Target Zero Task Force.
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission embraces Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030, but we can’t get there without you. Driver Sober and be part of our Target Zero Team. Remember, drunk, drugs or high, it’s a DUI. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com.