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DUI Campaign Nets More Than 500 Arrests in Pierce County

The state's first "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative ran from Nov. 21 to Jan. 1.

The state's first "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" holiday DUI campaign resulted in the arrest of 543 drivers around Pierce County and a total of 3,446 arrests statewide.

The effort ran from Nov. 21, 2012, to Jan. 1, 2013. Last year in Pierce County, regular and extra patrols arrested 562 on suspicion of DUI during that same time period.

The following Pierce County jurisdictions participated in the new campaign: Sumner, Bonney Lake, Fife, Puyallup, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, University Place, Lakewood, Dupont, Steilacoom and Fircrest Police Departments, along with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol.

Extra patrols were funded through a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

—Information from a Washington Traffic Safety Commission news release

Locked n Loaded January 05, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Wow those numbers are big on arrested drivers. Just think of how many actually made it home and past the police. I have to say hats off the all of the arresting officers. Just imagine how many people drive drunk or high on something everyday. I remember driving to work one day. I seen this girl driving an SUV. She was holding her glass pipe, while the guy sitting passenger was lighting it for her. Times like that I can only hope they drive off the road and hurt themselves and no one else.
Dane Ferrell January 05, 2013 at 10:27 PM
I would say people talking, or texting on their cell phones are more dangerous, but the companies involved make more money off of DUI's, which most charged are not legally intoxicated,contributing to the Gulag system in the United States.

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