Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: August 29, 2013
Contact: Trooper Will Finn
Phone: (360) 449-7960
Cell: (360) 827-2036
Twitter: @wastatepatrol

This Labor Day Weekend Pay with Judgment – Not Your Wallet

During the 2012 Labor Day weekend, 31 drivers in Southwest Washington were arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs.

Year to date, Southwest Washington troopers have investigated 13 traffic fatality collisions and 21 serious injury collisions. District 5 Commander, Captain Tim Winchell, reminds his troopers, “Reducing serious injury and fatality collisions is top priority. Every impaired driver removed from our roadways is a potential life saved.” Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan is to eliminate all serious injury and fatality collisions by 2030. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has named this plan, “Target Zero”. The leading causes of collisions in Washington continue to be DUI, speed, aggressive and distracted drivers and drivers that run off the roadway. During the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the Washington State Patrol along with our city and county law enforcement partners will continue to focus our proactive enforcement efforts to locate and stop these types of violations. Don’t be one of them!

In addition to the potential loss of life, collisions involving impaired drivers cost an estimated $37 billion annually in the U.S. In Washington, the cost for a DUI arrest can exceed $11,000 in attorney fees, fines and court costs. Driving sober makes sense. It saves lives, money, jail time and the embarrassment of a DUI arrest. Never drink and drive!

Also, if you witness a collision, aggressive driving or a driver you suspect of being DUI, "Please Stay Safe and Call 911".