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Washington Troopers To Work Overtime For Increased Holiday DUI Patrols

Washington State Patrol

The Washington State Patrol is cracking down on drunk drivers for the holidays.

If you drive north from Spokane on Highway 395 toward the Canadian Border, you’ll notice a whole lot of roadside signs warning motorists that the state patrol is on the look-out for drunk drivers.

Trooper Brian Moore calls it a “high visibility enforcement” effort.

“In addition to the number of troops that we typically have out, we will offer overtime shifts to troopers that are off duty,” he said.

Overtime pay for patrolling officers comes from federal funding. It’s all part of a larger program known as Target Zero -- an effort to have zero traffic fatalities on state roads by 2030.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, drunk driving accidents decreased by 38 percent between 2011 and 2015. That’s when most drug and alcohol related crashes took place on I-5 between Everett and Olympia.

Copyright 2016 Northwest News Network

Emily Schwing
Emily Schwing comes to the Inland Northwest by way of Alaska, where she covered social and environmental issues with an Arctic spin as well as natural resource development, wildlife management and Alaska Native issues for nearly a decade. Her work has been heard on National Public Radio’s programs like “Morning Edition” and “All things Considered.” She has also filed for Public Radio International’s “The World,” American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” and various programs produced by the BBC and the CBC. She has also filed stories for Scientific American, Al Jazeera America and Arctic Deeply.