Patrols looking for impaired drivers through Labor Day

Snohomish County law enforcement agencies will join their counterparts throughout the state looking for impaired drivers this Labor Day weekend, thanks to an overtime traffic safety grant through the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

More than half of all impaired driver-related deaths occur during weekend hours, which are 6 p.m. Friday through 5:59 a.m. Monday.

“Twenty-five lives have been lost in traffic crashes this year in Snohomish County,” said Tracy McMillan, Snohomish County’s DUI & Target Zero manager. “Many of these were caused by a driver who chose to speed and/or drive under the influence.”

With some of the nicest weather expected this weekend, the Snohomish County DUI & Target Zero Task Force is also cautioning vehicle and motorcycle drivers to share the road. Nearly 50 motorcyclists have died in Washington state so far this year, with three of those deaths in Snohomish County.

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