Snohomish County sending out Halloween DUI patrols

Additional law enforcement will be on the watch for impaired drivers on Snohomish County roads during the Halloween holiday, joined by law enforcement officers from all over the Puget Sound region in the “Surround the Sound” traffic safety emphasis patrol.

“Surround the Sound” has been conducted for more than 10 years in an effort to prevent deaths and serious injuries caused by vehicle crashes. To ensure Halloween plans don’t become a nightmare, use a designated driver or call a cab, and if you’re hosting a party, do not let guests drive when they are impaired.

Halloween can be a particularly deadly night due to the high number of impaired drivers on the roads. In 2008, 58 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or higher.

“Halloween is fast approaching and police will be working to make sure everyone’s holiday is a safe one,” said Tracy McMillan, Snohomish County’s DUI and Target Zero Task Force manager.

“Surround the Sound” emphasis patrols will be conducted in Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom Counties. This activity is coordinated by Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Forces and is supported by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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