No DUI fatals in Washington over New Year's - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

No DUI fatals in Washington over New Year's

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says troopers made 257 arrests over the New Year's weekend for investigation of drunken driving.
     
Thirty-three of those were involved in collisions but there were no fatalities.
     
A year ago there were 291 DUI arrests, 42 from collisions, and five fatalities.
     
Sgt. Freddy Williams said Wednesday the only traffic fatality in the state from Thursday afternoon through Sunday was the death of Grant County Deputy John Bernard whose car ran off a road Sunday south of Ephrata.

Seat belt use at 96 percent in Washington

The state Traffic Safety Commission reports the level of seat belt use last year in Washington at 96 percent.
     
That's about the same as the year before and it's one of the highest rates in the nation.
     
Seat belt use was 36 percent in 1986 when the law was adopted.

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