Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Spokane -- The Washington State Patrol (WSP) Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU) will once again be in place to support area law enforcement during this year's Hoopfest basketball tournament. The MIDU is a self-contained 36 foot motorhome that has been retrofitted as a mobile DUI processing center and incident command post. When requested, the MIDU travels across the state in support of law enforcement efforts during DUI emphasis patrols or to emergency incidents such as wild land fires or other natural disasters.
Equipped with three breath testing instruments, two temporary holding cells, three computer work stations, an incident command computer terminal, a dispatcher console with wireless access to the WSP dispatch centers around the state, and a microwave downlink tower for real-time video broadcasts from FLIR equipped aircraft, the MIDU is a full service police station on wheels.
When supporting DUI emphasis patrols, the MIDU is staffed by officers who assist law enforcement agencies by effectively and efficiently processing impaired drivers in a faster manner which subsequently allows the patrol officer to return to patrol duties in a matter of minutes as opposed to the hours it normally takes.
The WSP reminds everyone to please plan ahead and have a designated driver as tens of thousands of players and spectators are in Spokane for this event. Extra troopers will be out all weekend long looking for impaired drivers. Remember, if you see an impaired driver please dial 911 and provided WSP communications with a description of the vehicle and if possible the driver of the vehicle.