DUI emphasis patrols catch dozens of impaired drivers

WSP's mobile impaired driving unit, which is used to quickly process drunk drivers during emphasis patrols.

Snohomish County deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers made 53 arrests during DUI emphasis patrols in Snohomish County last weekend.

It was part of the “Night of 1000 Stars” holiday patrol, with each star representing a badge worn by an officer around the state.

Many of the impaired drivers were repeat offenders, and some had two to three times the legal blood alcohol limit of .08.

“Our goal is to get to drivers before they make the wrong decision or choose to disregard all of our warnings and still get behind the wheel,” Trooper Keith Leary said. “Our warnings are real, not a scare tactic.  People need to know we are serious about saving lives and they can be a part of that by making the right choice!”

Among those arrested were a father with his wife and child in the car, a 17-year-old driver without a valid driver’s license who had four other young adults in the car, and another suspect who caused a collision.

Special emphasis patrols will continue throughout the new year.

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