*** For Immediate Release***


June 29, 2016
Contact: Trooper Jeff Sevigney, WSP, (509) 993-2946

Contact: Karen Wigen, Spokane County Target Zero Task Force, (509) 447-2342

Be Safe This Fourth of July Weekend!

Spokane County -- Every year Americans head out on our nation's highways to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. For many, the celebrating includes drinking alcohol, which too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year. To help keep the roads safe, local law enforcement agencies and Target Zero Teams will be out, cracking down on drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday.

There were 397 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday (6 pm July 3rd to 5:59 am July 7th). Of those fatalities, 164 people (41%) were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08. In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes nationwide – almost a third of all crash fatalities. And from 2010-2014, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.

Washington State had 10 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015* over the Fourth of July holiday.  In 2015*, 262 people in Washington State and 20 people in Spokane County lost their lives because of an impaired driver.

If you are caught driving impaired this Fourth of July, you will be arrested. Not only could you put your life and lives of other at risk, but a DUI arrests means going to jail, losing your license, and paying a steep financial expenses. The average DUI cost?  About $10,000.

"This Fourth of July, don't risk losing your life or your independence by driving impaired. Help make everyone's holiday safer by driving sober," said Trooper Jeff Sevigney.

Remember, designate a sober driver or use public transportation to get home safely. If you see an impaired driver on the road, don't hesitate to call 911.  Let's all have a safe and happy Fourth of July celebration!

"Working Together To Make Our Community Safer"