Captain Monica Alexander
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*** For Immediate Release***

Date: November 29, 2016
Contact: Trooper Will Finn
Phone: (360) 449-7960
Cell: (360) 827-2036
Twitter: @wspd5pio

WTSC Director Darrin Grondel to Speak During "Night of 1000 Stars"

Clark County -- "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is the message that the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and other local law enforcement agencies around Clark County are sending. Year to date, Clark County law enforcement agencies have investigated 25 fatality collisions involving impaired drivers. Impaired driving continues to be a leading factor in Washington traffic deaths.

In an effort to reduce alcohol-related fatality collisions, the WSP has partnered with several agencies throughout Clark County to remove impaired drivers from our roadways. On December 2, 2016, several troopers, police officers and deputies in Clark County are participating in a multi-agency saturation patrol known as "Night of 1000 Stars." This term represents the concept of a thousand officer's badges shining through the night, casting light on the problem of impaired driving collisions that result in the tragic loss of a loved one. Washington Traffic Safety Commission Director Darrin Grondel will address the officers before the countywide saturation patrol.

Be responsible and choose an alternative before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after you have been drinking. Some good alternatives might be designating a sober driver, taking a taxi, or calling a sober friend to drive. It only takes a few minutes to make a responsible decision that may prevent a tragedy that will result in life-lasting impacts.

It is important to remember this, in Washington state, impaired driving is defined as:

All agencies participating in the saturation patrol are active partners in the Target Zero program. The program is part of Washington's Strategic Highway Safety Plan, aimed to reduce serious injury and all traffic fatalities by 2030.